Bawaslu uncovers evidence of 6.7 million C6 forms withheld

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Member of the Indonesian Election Supervisory Body for Disputes Settlement Rahmat Bagja when inspect the advanced voting process in Cianjur, Saturday (20/4/2019). (photo: Firman Taufiq)

IO, Cianjur – The Indonesian Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) has announced that there were 6.7 million voters failed to receive their C6 form for the 2019 General Election. Member of the Indonesian Election Supervisory Body for Disputes Settlement Rahmat Bagja stated that this figure was significant and was proof of severe problems of trust in KPPS officers, because they did not fulfill their stated duty of delivering invitation forms (or letters) to voters. “Hence, the voters were also confused, in finding out where to vote,” explained Rahmat, while inspecting the advanced voting process in Cianjur, Saturday (05/20/2019).

In fact, Rahmat said, in the elections held in Malaysia, the C6 form was not distributed by the Local Polling Committee (KPPS) to voters or Indonesian citizens with voting rights. “Official voters had full rights to receive C6 forms,” he said.

In accordance with the schedule, the C6 form had to be delivered by KPPS to voters on “D-3” or April 14, 2019. If the KPPS discovered voters who had passed away, moved, or were untraceable, officers were required to mark or write such information on the back page, and change the status into a “non-distributable form”. If by April 14, 2019, registered voters in the final voter list (DPT) had not received the Model C6-KPU form, they would be given the opportunity to obtain it from the KPPS no later than April 16, 2019. The non-distributed C6 had to be returned by the KPPS officers to the PPS on April 16 or “H-1” before voting day.

But the facts in the field are wildly different: for many reasons C6 never reached its targeted electorate. According to the rules, voters who did not bring C-6 could still cast their votes by showing an identity document, such as e-ID to the committee, provided that they are already registered in the DPT. Those who did not bring C-6 would still be able to vote after the polling station opened at 07.00. However, not all the committees were aware of these rules. There are committees that did not allow citizens to vote; some were given permission to vote at 12.00.

Bawaslu has also continued to file data related to violation reports that occurred during the election. “These include reports of fraud still in process. There are currently 60 cases of electoral fraud and violations registered in the investigation process, while at the same time we put the same effort in the problem of damaged ballots,” he explained.

Despite these many issues arising, his Party concluded that the implementation of the 2019 Concurrent Presidential and Legislative Election held by the Indonesian General Election Commission could be considered a success. “But of course, with a lot of documents, including the matter of logistics distribution which is also rather problematic,” he concluded. (Ekawati)