The General Elections Commission (KPU) – Mamberamo Raya Office in Papua Province has been secured from September 4 to September 6 by 100 police and army personnel in order to safeguard the registration process of candidates contesting in this year’s regional election.
“The security personnel secure the KPU office during the registration process taking place from September 4 to September 6,” Mamberamo Raya Police Chief Adjunct Sen.Coms. Hotman Hutabarat on 6 September 2020.
Thirty more security personnel conduct a routine patrol around Kasonaweja city to ensure an orderly and secure condition during the registration process to help safeguard the KPU office at the closing date on Sept 6. There is not any a stone-throwing incident as rumor spreading. It is to ensure a peaceful regional election in the district, scheduled on Dec 9, 2020.
Eligible Papuans will vote in a simultaneous regional election in 11 districts this year as violence and ongoing security threats of notorious armed Papuan rebels continue to pose a challenge to this Indonesian province. A spate of violence have frequently broken out in several parts of Papua and West Papua over the past few years, and the armed Papuan separatist groups continue to pose a real threat to civilians and security personnel.
On Oct 8, 2019, the Papua Provincial Government and KPU had organized a ceremony in Jayapura, the capital of Papua Province, to assist all related parties to express their pledge to ensure the successful convening of this year’s regional elections.The ceremony was attended Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, KPU Chairman Arief Budiman, the KPU chairpersons, and officials from the districts of Waropen, Supiori, Merauke, Yalimo, Boven Digul, Asmat, Mamberamo Raya, Nabire, Keerom, Pegunungan Bintang, and Yahukimo.