Police to investigate marked ballots found in Malaysia: Jokowi

Police to investigate marked ballots found in Malaysia: Jokowi

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Referring to the case of marked ballots prior to the elections found in Malaysia, incumbent presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asked the police to assertively enforce the law.

“If there is criminal intent, the police need to firmly enforce the law so that the elections can be carried out fair and square without disturbing the public,” he said after a rally in Sentul, Bogor sub-district, West Java, Friday.

He further stated that he has asked the General Elections Commission (KPU), the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), and the police to act over any violation that may have taken place.

Jokowi also said that he would not be sending a special investigation team to look into the case as overseeing the elections is within the purview of Bawaslu. Should there be any indication of criminal intent, the police will resume authority.

“We will leave it all to the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu),” he said.

Meanwhile, the General Elections Commission (KPU), as an independent institution, is responsible for organizing the elections. Voting processes for Indonesian nationals overseas are being supervised by the Overseas Election Committee (PPLN).

“Overseas elections are managed by the PPLN and have nothing to do with the government here,” he said.

Previously, a short video of people raiding a vacant store in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia, was circulating on the internet.

Many bags containing marked ballots in favor of one of the presidential candidates were found inside the store.

Additionally, there were also ballots marked in favor of a legislative candidate from a certain party.

Malaysia is home to 1.5 million Indonesian voters, 500,000 of whom are located in Kuala Lumpur. They are scheduled to cast their votes on Sunday (April 14, 2019).