Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA) - The West Papua police reported that it has deployed 385 personnel to secure the distribution of election logistics to the districts of Manokwari, Manokwari Selatan, Pegunungan Arfak, Teluk Bintuni, and Teluk Wondama.

The police officers safeguarded the distribution of ballot papers and other items of election logistics from the Manokwari Port and General Elections Commission (KPU)-Manokwari warehouse to the five districts.

Head of West Papua Police's Operational Bureau Sen. Coms. Erick Kadir Sully stated here on Thursday (January 4) that he guaranteed safe and smooth distribution of election logistics for the voting day on Feb 14.

The mission for securing the distribution of ballot papers and other items of election logistics is made effective from January 1-15.

"The election logistics for Pegunungan Arfak is scheduled on Friday," he revealed.

Meanwhile, Muin Salewe, a commissioner at the KPU-West Papua Office, stated that ballot papers for the districts of Kaimana and Fakfak were transported from Sorong, the capital of Southwest Papua Province.

"For five other districts, the ballot papers are delivered from Manokwari," he said, adding that a total of 394,058 ballot papers would have been distributed to seven districts in West Papua Province.

The KPU has announced that the presidential and parliamentary elections will be held simultaneously across Indonesia on February 14, 2024.

The commission has officially set a 75-day election campaign period from November 28, 2023, to February 10, 2024, for the three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates.

All participating political parties and presidential contenders have pledged to conduct peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections.

As part of its efforts to make voters aware of the three candidate pairs' political pledges, the commission has organized five rounds of debates ahead of the presidential election.

The first and second rounds were held on December 12 and December 22, 2023. The third and fourth rounds will take place on January 7 and January 21, 2024, and the fifth round will be held on February 4, 2024.

Three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates are contesting the presidential election: Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar, Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD.

Baswedan and Iskandar have been nominated with the support of the NasDem Party, National Awakening Party (PKB), Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), and Ummat Party.

Meanwhile, Subianto and Raka have the backing of the Gerindra Party and a coalition of parties, including Golkar, National Mandate Party (PAN), Democratic Party, and Gelora Party.

Pranowo and Mahfud have the support of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), United Development Party, Perindo Party, and Hanura Party.

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