Jakarta (ANTARA) -
The Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) said in its recent verdict that the General Election Commission (KPU) violated the procedure for the registration of quick count institutions during the 2019 general election.

"The KPU is ordered to announce the names of quick count institutions that failed to submit reports to KPU," Bawaslu's chief of the panel of judges Abhan said in its verdict on alleged election administrative violations, announced on Thursday.

In its verdict, Bawaslu said that KPU did not make an official announcement regarding registration for institutions that would conduct election vote quick counts.

The commission did not convey written statements to quick count institutions to submit sources of funding, as well as their methodology, as required 15 days, at the latest, after the release of polling results and the election vote quick count.

"KPU's actions, that did not include sending official letters to the institutions, is a contradiction," member of the panel Rahmat Bagdja said.

KPU has violated article 449 of Law no. 7/2017 on general elections, article 29 and 30 of General Election Commission Regulation (PKPU) 2018 on socialization, education of voters and public participation, he added.

The plenary meeting of Bawaslu was held on Tuesday (14/5) and attended by its five leaders, but the verdict was only announced on Thursday.

Present at the meeting were complainants Maulana Bungaran and Sufmi Dasco Ahmad. KPU was represented by Hendra Arifin and Ahmad Wildan.

Meanwhile, Fritz Edward Siregar, a member of Bawaslu, said that at the trial the monitoring body found facts indicating that KPU did not conduct the appropriate registration of quick count institutions.

"We have the registration process for institutions that would conduct quick counts. At the trial, we found the fact that KPU ignored the process to available institutions. Quick count institutions must report their methodology and sources of funding," he said.

Of the total 37 institutions that conduct quick vote counts, only 10 of them have reported their methodology and funding sources.

"Therefore we found KPU guilty regarding the registration process, and order KPU to announce institutions that did not submit their methodology and funding sources to the public," he said.

Translator: Zubi M, M Arief Iskandar, Sri
Editor: Suharto
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