Tuesday, 31 March 2020 | 16:37 WIB

2 Million Papuan Voters Threatened to Lose Voting Rights, House of Parliament Reacts

General Election illustration in Papua

JAKARTA, NNC - House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo (Bamsoet) fears that some 2 million Papuan voters could not exercise their voting rights in the 2019 Election. This was said after the Papua Election Commission released a data on voters who did not have an electronic identity card (e-KTP) comprise of 2 million prospective voters.

Bamsoet says if referring to Regulation Number 7 Year 2017 on General Elections, e-KTP becomes a valid requirement of voters to exercise their right to vote. The right to vote for all Indonesian citizens (WNI) must be guaranteed.

Therefore, Bamsoet asked the Interior Ministry together with the Papua Population and Civil Registration Service to immediately collect data / matching activities and research on people who do not have e-KTP.

"Residents can immediately make e-KTP so that they can use their voting rights in the 2019 Election," Bamsoet told reporters in Jakarta, Monday, Aug 27.

Bamsoet said that the Papua Regional Government through Disdukcapil is optimizing performance to improve the system or infrastructure of e-KTP. Its expected that the making of e-KTP in Papua is according to the target.

"One of the obstacles in making e-KTP is the damaging of the device," said Bamsoet.

Bamsoet urges Papua's Disdukcapil to invite the public to record their data for all provincial residents in the eastern Indonesia.

"Papuans who do not have e-KTP should immediately record their data so they can use their voting rights in the upcoming 2019 Election," Bamsoet said.