Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta provincial government has ensured that the follow-up voting process to be held at polling stations (TPS) on Sunday (February 18) would be safe from flooding.

"We have checked the places. We also asked the North Jakarta Water Resources Office (SDA) to provide mobile pumping machines," Acting Governor of Jakarta, Heru Budi Hartono, stated here on Friday.

According to Hartono, several TPS were flooded on the voting day on February 14, so a follow-up voting process will be carried out.

On that day, ballots in the flooded TPS were damaged, thereby postponing the polling process.

"The polling in Sunter (North Jakarta) could not be conducted because of the damaged ballots, so a follow-up polling will be held on Sunday," Hartono revealed.

However, he ensured no flooding risks at the TPS that will hold the follow-up voting on Sunday, especially with the preparation of mobile water pumping machines at the location.

He expressed hope that the follow-up voting would run smoothly without any obstacles.

The Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recorded that a total of 70 TPS, or 0.22 percent of the total 30,766 TPS in Jakarta, were affected by flooding on Wednesday (February 14).

Some 17 TPS will conduct follow-up voting in North Jakarta this Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU) has begun preparing logistics for at least 12 TPS that will conduct the follow-up voting, so all registered residents can exercise their rights to vote.

"Today, we start the logistics procurement process and will distribute them on Saturday (February 17)," the Jakarta KPU's Head of the Socialization, Voter Education, and Community Participation Division, Astri Megatari, stated.

Megatari said her side will distribute the logistics in the form of ballots, boxes, and booths to the polling stations.

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