Alleged manipulation of election vote, riots occurred at the Empat Lawang Election Commission

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IO, South Sumatra – After the riots during the vote recapitulation plenary meeting, five members of the Election Commission (KPU) Empat Lawang, South Sumatra, were deactivated. The riots were caused by alleged manipulation of votes.

Member of the South Sumatra KPU Legal and Supervision Division, Hepriadi said that the policy was taken with many considerations. Which are riots during plenary at the district level and the distrust of election participants to the election committee in the district. “Based on many considerations and recommendations from Bawaslu, 5 members of the KPU in Empat Lawang, have been deactivated,” he said on Monday (13/5).

He also explained that the deactivation was valid from May 9 to May 22 2019. After that, a thorough evaluation will be carried out and brought to the Election Organizers Honorary Board (DKPP).

“Commissioners of KPU Empat Lawang are considered failed to carry out their duties. We take over their roles including the recapitulation of the results of the vote count in all Empat Lawang sub-district,” he said.

And with the objections from witnesses during the recapitulation at the provincial level, one side asked to be resolved at the Constitutional Court. The striking point that is protested was the mismatch of vote-counts on the level PKK, DA form with the DB form at the KPU district level.

“Please file a lawsuit the Constitutional Court if there is a claim of vote inflation, that’s the procedure,” he concluded. (dsy)