155 ballot boxes in Central Kalimantan suffer damage

155 ballot boxes in Central Kalimantan suffer damage

Kuala Kapuas, C Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Some 155 ballot boxes suffered light to heavy damage after the hall at the Mantangai Subdistrict office in Kapuas District, Central Kalimantan Province, collapsed Tuesday, April 23, the Kapuas General Elections Commission (KPU) revealed.

"The damaged ballot boxes belong to 26 polling stations," Head of Kapuas District's General Elections Commission Jamilah Maisura said here Thursday when asked about the impact on documents and marked ballot papers inside the boxes that bore the brunt when the hall collapsed.

However, despite the ballot boxes suffering some damage the important documents and marked ballot papers kept inside were unaffected, she said.

The counting of votes was not disrupted by this accident because none of the important documents and marked ballot papers were damaged, Maisura said.

On April 17, more than 80 percent of 192 million eligible voters across Indonesia cast their votes for their representatives in the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), as well as provincial and district/city legislative bodies.

They also voted for their preferred pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates at over 800 thousand polling stations throughout the archipelago.

An exit poll conducted by the Prabowo-Sandi pair camp showed they had garnered 55.4 percent of the votes, Coordinator of the pair’s National Winning Body's spokespersons Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak revealed.

Simultaneously, quick counts from several pollsters telecast live by several television stations indicate a steady lead for the Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin pair, surpassing that of the Prabowo-Sandi pair.

Both camps presently await the General Elections Commission's (KPU's) real count, as the final result is legally binding.

Subianto accused Jokowi-Amin pair of attempting to sway public opinion through the pollsters of TV stations.

However, presidential candidate number 02 Subianto has urged his loyalists and volunteers to maintain calm and safeguard the ballot boxes.

"Please remain focused on securing all ballot boxes since votes are the key to fighting deceit," he affirmed.