Thursday, February 2, 2017

1) 165 ballots found damaged in Jayapura


2) Indonesia, Australia focus on cutting off terrorism financing

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1) 165 ballots found damaged in Jayapura

Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura, Papua | Thu, February 2, 2017 | 11:07 pm

The Jayapura General Elections Commission (KPU) says it has found 165 damaged ballots and requested replacements from a partnering printing house.
“The folding process of ballot papers has been completed. We found 165 damaged ballots and we have sent a letter to the printing house to replace them,” KPU Jayapura member Sutjipto said on Thursday.
He said it was hoped that the commission would receive the new ballot papers as soon as possible because ballots must be distributed to voting locations three days before the election on Feb. 15.
KPU Jayapura is set to deploy 5,661 officials on election day, comprising 4,403 officials recruited by the commission and 1,258 Community Protection (Linmas) officers dispatched by the Jayapura administration. Two Linmas officers will be stationed at every polling station.
The number of voters in Jayapura amounts to 308,775, around 100,000 lower than the 409,388 voters during the Papua gubernatorial election in 2013.
“There is quite a huge gap between the number of registered voters for the 2017 regional elections and those registered for the 2013 Papua gubernatorial election. This is because there has been an improvement in population data at the Jayapura civil and registration agency [Dukcapil],” said Sutjipto.
“In 2013, many residents who were no longer living in the city were still registered at Dukcapil.”
KPU Jayapura is busy setting up 629 polling stations in five districts and 39 villages. Only one candidate pair, namely Benhur Tomi Mano and Haji Rustam Saru, is contesting the Jayapura mayoral election. (ebf)
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2) Indonesia, Australia focus on cutting off terrorism financing

Kamis, 2 Februari 2017 21:46 WIB | 629 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian and Australian governments are continuing cooperation on cybersecurity, mainly to cut off the financial lifelines of terrorists.

During the 3rd Australian-Indonesia Ministerial Council on Law and Security meeting held in Jakarta, Thursday, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto and Australian Attorney General George Brandis, as the heads of the countries delegations, particularly discussed measures that could be taken by both countries to stop terrorism funding.

"We discussed how Indonesia and Australia can work together to cut off the lifelines of terrorists, as we understand that terrorism can thrive through funding from some parties," Wiranto noted.

Through the third ministerial council meeting, both Indonesia and Australia are cooperating to find sources of terrorism funding and develop joint measures to cut off their financial lifelines.

"Looking at rapid developments in todays world, we are fully aware that (terrorism) funding can come from anywhere. Hence, without accusing any country, we are trying to intensify our cooperation on countering terrorism as well as violence and extremism," Wiranto stated.

Brandis emphasized that one of the most important agendas between the two countries officials and institutions for maintaining stability and security in the region was working together to develop cybersecurity as an effective tool to cut off the financial lifelines of terrorists.

"The most effective move to combat the threat of terrorism is to cut off funding," he noted.

To this end, Indonesian and Australian financial intelligence agencies PPATK and AUSTRAC have signed an agreement to focus on countering terrorism financing and money laundering.

According to information released by the Australian Embassy in Indonesia on its website, the PPATK-AUSTRAC Partnership Program for 2017 is a seven-year collaboration and allocates almost US$500 thousand for six new projects, including deploying IT specialists to strengthen PPATKs reporting and analysis systems and conducting exchange programs to enable PPATK experts to learn first-hand from AUSTRAC.

The money will also be spent to hold intensive workshops on crimes specific to terrorism financing and money laundering to enhance investigative and analytic capabilities within the PPATK.

In addition, PPATK and AUSTRAC will launch a new cyber project later this year to enhance Indonesias capabilities to counter the rise in online threats.(*)
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