Sorong, Southwest Papua (ANTARA) - The Southwest Papua Office of the General Elections Commission (KPU) disclosed on Monday that it will prioritize the delivery of election logistics to the remote and outermost areas of six sub-districts of Tambrauw district.

The logistics will be delivered to election committees at the sub-district level (PPD) in Tambrauw's remote and outermost areas with the help of an aircraft and vessels, head of the KPU-Southwest Papua Office, Andarias Kambu, informed.

The delivery of election logistics to remote areas located farthest from Fef, Tambrauw's capital, will begin on February 7, 2024, while PPS personnel will send them to local poll administrators (PPS) on February 10.

From local poll administrators, the logistics will then be distributed to poll workers from February 11 to February 13, he said, adding that election logistics for Raja Ampat district will also be shipped.

In Maybrat district, which is vulnerable to disturbances created by armed Papuan groups, the transportation of election logistics to the farthest sub-districts would commence on February 10.

The PPS personnel will distribute the election logistics to poll workers between February 13 and early on February 14 morning, he informed.

Due to the vulnerable security situation, 31 polling stations in five sub-districts of Maybrat district will be relocated to the Yayapa area of Aifat Timur sub-district, he said.

The decision to relocate the polling stations was taken after KPU officers met with representatives of local communities to discuss matters related to the upcoming elections, Kambu informed.

As per the KPU-Southwest Papua Office's records, 440,826 registered voters are expected to visit the polling stations set up in the districts of Sorong, Sorong Selatan, Maybrat, Tambrauw, and Raja Ampat, as well as Sorong city.

According to the KPU, there are 2,156 polling stations across the province.

ANTARA has earlier reported that over the past few years, armed Papuan groups have often employed hit-and-run tactics against Indonesian security personnel and mounted acts of terror against civilians in the districts of Intan Jaya, Nduga, and Puncak to instill fear among the people.

The targets of such acts of terror have included construction workers, motorcycle taxi (ojek) drivers, teachers, students, street food vendors, and even civilian aircraft.

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