Jayapura, 22/4 (Jubi) – A student group has urged regional heads in Papua not to interfere in a local General Election Commission plenary meeting on the results of the vote counting following the April 9 legislative elections.
“Most of regents in Papua are also the Chairmen of the political parties in their administrative regions, even the Governor of Papua is the Chairman of the political party,” said the chairman of the Student Consultative Council (MPM) at Cenderawasih University, Paulinus Ohee, in a statement received by tabloidjubi.com on Tuesday (22/4).
“So, we urge them not to interfere in the Election Commission,” he said.
MPM also called on regional heads who are the chairmen of political parties not to misuse their power to affect the vote counting in their respective regions. The group also urged the Election Commission at local levels to resist any pressure from local heads or others to inflate votes for particular candidates or parties.
All sections of society should be proactive to report any violations during the elections in their neighborhoods to authorities and losing candidates should accept the results gracefully, MPM said.
MPM said people should not be provoked by those who want to disrupt the vote counting process and all regional heads including the governor, the vice governor, regents/mayor in Papua should return to their commitment to serve the people because they were elected to manage and to lead the people in their regions.
“We hope they abide by their commitment to serve the public instead of political parties,” said Ohee.
Earlier, the chairman of the DPD from Hanura Party in Papua, Yan Mandenas also urged regents/mayor who are also the chairmen of political parties in their regions to be neutral to ensure the vote counting process run smoothly. (Jubi/Arjuna/rom)