Timika, 2/7 (Jubi) – Police are searching for people who distributed leaflets urging voters to boycott the July 9 presidential election and demand a referendum.
“A group led by Teni Kwalik is behind it because he made a statement calling for the boycott of the presidential election,” Mimika Police Deputy Chief Commissioner Wirasto Adi Nugroho said on Tuesday (1/7) in Timika, Papua.
He said so far police have only found some writings and leaflets.
“We have advised the local people to report to the police when they have any information, so we can arrest the perpetrators,” he said.
He further said police had erase the grafitti and destroyed the leaflets to avoid public unrest. Nugroho said the situation of Mimika Regency is relatively still favorable.
Mimika Police Chief, the Adjunct Commissionaire Senior Police Jermias Rontini Tuesday (1/7) attributed the peaceful atmosphere in Mimika, in particular Timika City to the participation of local community.
A Timika City resident Abdullah confirmed about rumors of possible unrest but the people were not provoked.
Meanwhile some residents reportedly held a prayer gathering to mark the Free Papua Movement’s anniversary at Jalan Sosial Gorong-Gorong. (Jubi/Eveerth/rom)