Papua police chief reviews preparations for regional head elections

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Chief of the Papua Provincial Police Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw visited the office of the Jayapura General Election Commission (KPU) to review preparations for the implementation of the regional head elections.

Accompanied by Jayapura Police Office Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Tober Sirait, Waterpauw was greeted by local KPU Chief Adam Arisoy.

Arisoy gave a comprehensive overview of the preparations for the local elections to be held simultaneously across Indonesia on Feb 15.

The KPU chief explained that Jayapura has only one pair of mayor and deputy mayor candidates. Hence, the ballots will have only two columns - one depicting the candidate pair, and the other one being empty.

Voters will have to choose whether they support the pair by piercing their picture or against the pair by piercing the empty column.

All election logistics have been distributed in the concerned districts, he added.

In Papua Province, the regional head elections will be held simultaneously in Jayapura City and Jayapura District, Mappi, Sarmi, Tolikara, Nduga, Intan Jaya, Puncak Jaya, Lanny Jaya, Dogiai, and Yapen Islands District.

Meanwhile, over 40 million eligible voters are expected to go to the polling stations in 101 regions across Indonesia for the upcoming regional head elections, or locally called pilkada, which will take place simultaneously on Feb 15, 2017.

A total of 337 pairs of candidates will be competing for gubernatorial seats in the seven provinces of Jakarta, Aceh, Banten, Bangka Belitung, Gorontalo, West Papua, and West Sulawesi; mayoral seats in 18 municipalities; and district heads in 76 districts.

According to information from the KPU, which implements the simultaneous pilkada, at least 45.59 million ballot papers are required for the elections.

Of the total, over 22.91 million ballot papers are set aside for voters in the district head and mayoral elections and 22.67 million for voters in the gubernatorial or provincial head elections.(*)

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