Most complaints filed with Constitutional Court regarding the elections are from Papua

Most complaints filed with Constitutional Court regarding the elections are from Papua

Translation of item from Cenderawasih Pos
Abridged in translation by TAPOL

A member of the Elections Supervisory Commission (Panwaslu) has said that most complaints filed with the Constitutional Court regarding the legislative elections in April have come from Papua.

Onny JJ Lebelauw said that the complaint filed came from political party witnesses and from candidates, saying that they felt they had been harmed in one way or another by the way the election had been conducted.

He was not able to say how many complaints have been filed because the complaints had been filed with the Court and not with Panwaslu. 'The cases are still under consideration,' he said. As far as he knew, most complaints from Papua came from the Central Highlands and were related to people who had lost their right to vote and also inflated figures which benefited certain parties. It also involved the 'purchase of votes'.

The problems in Yahukimo were so acute that they had been reported and commented on nationally. The impression was that the complainants felt that there had been intervention from members of the local government.

He thought that the problem could lead to sanctions against members of the local electoral commissions in question. This was originally thought to involve eight local commissions but that number could increase. He would not say what form these sanctions might take.