Thursday, April 11, 2019

1) Districts in Jayawijaya to use 'noken' voting system

1) Districts in Jayawijaya to use 'noken' voting system
2) Indonesia bans foreign media from covering elections in West Papua

1) Districts in Jayawijaya to use 'noken' voting system
Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 11, 2019   /   04:18 pm

Thirty-nine out of the 40 districts in Jayawijaya regency, Papua, will vote using the noken system during the simultaneous general election on April 17.
Under this system a group of voters are represented by one person, who is usually appointed by their community through a general agreement. The appointed representative will later report the group's votes to election officials.
The system, named after the Papuan traditional woven bag, takes into consideration the difficult terrain that makes it difficult for eligible voters in far-flung, isolated regions to cast their ballots. 
“The General Elections Commission [KPU] has ordered that the regency capital [Wamena] should not use the noken system, but the other 39 districts are allowed to,” Jayawijaya KPU head Sonimo Lani said on Wednesday as quoted by Antara.
“Three subdistricts in the Wamena district -- namely Sinapuk, Sinakma, and Wamena along with several villages -- will not use the noken system in accordance with the technical guidance we received,” he added.
Papua KPU logistics division head Zufri Abu Bakar said 12 out of the 29 regencies in Papua would use it, but only seven would use it in other regencies.
“For example, the noken system will be used in Jayawijaya, Lanny Jaya, Central Mamberamo, Tolikara and Yahukimo but not at all polling stations,” he added. (kmt)

2) Indonesia bans foreign media from covering elections in West Papua

By Paul of Kumparan in Jayapura
The Indonesian Immigration Office in West Papua has warned that it will take firm action against foreign journalists trying to cover the elections in the Melanesian region.
This was emphasised by Manokwari Class II Non-TPI Immigration Office West Papua representative Bugie Kurniawan at a meeting on foreign surveillance at the Bintuni Bay regency last week.
“We will act firmly if there are foreign media [journalists] reporting on April 17. Report them to us if there are foreigners covering TPS [polling stations], we will secure and deport those concerned and enter their names on the banned list,” he said.
Kurniawan said the Immigration Office was coordinating with the General Elections Supervisory Board in “dealing with” foreign journalists reporting in West Papua.
“Firm measures must be taken because we’re coordinating with the Bintuni Bay regency Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu),” he said.
Kurniawan added that so far there had not been any information on foreign media reporting during the elections in Bintuni Bay regency.
Translated by James Balowski for Indoleft News Service. The original title of the article was “Wartawan Asing Dilarang Meliput Pemilu Di Papua Barat“.

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