Insight: Indonesia’s Incredible Challenge Elections
Indonesian Election Commission Office in Central Jakarta.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The 2019 Indonesian general election begins with a poor record of the integrity of the organizers, both the General Election Commission and the Election Supervisory Body. Local election logistics readiness has not been available to all regions until the day before domestic voting, April 17.

Even a number of cases of election fraud practices abroad have not been revealed to date. Until Tuesday ()4/16) evening local time, the Chairman of the Papua Election Commission, Theodorus Kossay, reported that as many as 64 districts in Papua had not received election logistics in 12 of the 29 regencies and cities in Papua.

“In Dogiay district there is only one district that has received logistics, while the other 10 districts have not received it. Now it’s time to chase, hopefully, it can be channeled before voting, “he said.

Meanwhile, 2,605 ballots were damaged in Bogor, West Java, because of its holes, tearing and imperfect colors. The day before 800 ballot boxes was damaged by the flood. The committee is still in the process of replacing, and its readiness cannot be confirmed until the voting.

Whereas in Riau and a number of other suburbs it is still chasing time for logistics to be available on the spot when voting. Officers reportedly experienced difficulties because they had to go through the river while passing ships depended on water conditions in the river.

In addition to logistics, organizers also cannot reveal the truth of a number of election fraud practices abroad. As known, the elections in Malaysia were in the spotlight because of the discovery of a number of ballots that had been cast over the legislative candidates for the Nasional Demokrat Party and Demokrat parties and incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin.

In addition to Malaysia, election organizers must also be prepared to resolve electoral chaos in other places such as Sydney Australia and Hong Kong.

Cases in these two places are similar: hundreds of Indonesian citizens living there reportedly could not distribute their voices because they were running out of time. Even though they claimed to have lined up for hours. Indonesian citizens in Sydney and Hong Kong also made a petition containing requests for follow-up voting.

For the case, both incumbents and opposition demanded the organizers to uncover and resolve it. The opposition team requested the disclosure of fraudulent practices in Malaysia that were very detrimental to his camp.

The incumbent camp also felt disadvantaged by a large number of voters who could not vote in Australia and Hong Kong for technical reasons starting from the time until there was not much logistics provided.

Election supervisors on Tuesday only recommended re-election in the three places and fired several organizers in Malaysia. But a number of people were dissatisfied because they demanded disclosure of the results of investigations into fraudulent practices in Malaysia.

The election commission’s response was far from expectations. At a news conference on Tuesday night, they only said that they would consider the recommendations of the election supervisors to hold re-election in several troubled areas and the dismissal of two election committees in Malaysia.

“We will study the supervisor’s recommendations and we will respond by following up on orders. But until now there has been no official letter that we received,” said commission commissioner Hasyim Asyari at his Office in Jakarta.

An honest and fair election activist, Eggy Sudjana, for example, questioned the steps taken by the organizers. Himself considers the problem not yet finished with the solution given. Re-election does not mean that this case was stopped because it violated the four articles of Law Number 7 of 2017 concerning the General Elections used, namely articles 532, 537, 550 and 456, he said.

“With this case, we know that the election organizers were unprepared and seemed afraid to reveal the truth,” he said.

Meanwhile, the incumbent advocacy and legal team reported and asked the election supervisors to conduct an investigation into alleged fraud which harmed incumbents in Australia and Hong Kong because they claimed that many of their supporters could not vote despite being registered. Even incumbents claiming alleged fraud also occurred in Germany, Bangladesh, and New Zealand.

“We report suspected fraud in a number of places that harm us. We received official reports from volunteers in Australia and Hong Kong, they could not vote on the basis of time spent by the committee. Even though they have been registered and have been queuing since morning. We are sure there are parties who deliberately designed this. Therefore we ask the election supervisors to immediately conduct an investigation and hold re-election,” said the incumbent’s legal and advocacy director, Ade Irfan Pulungan.

Opposition “Money Politics” Clarification

The deputy general chair of the Gerindra Party, Fadli Zon, denied allegations the opposition used money politics ahead of the voting. That’s because the election supervisors recruited people related to his party in arrest operations for allegedly practicing money politics.

He said the confiscated money was logistical and transportation assistance for the witnesses of his party and the opposition victory team. He said the funds were provided specifically and officially to help witnesses oversee the voting process at the polling station.

“So it is not money politics. They carry official documents, mandate letters for the assistance of witnesses whose funds come from the public,” Zon said at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday (04/16).

He asked the authorities not to directly decide unilaterally, that this was money to attack the dawn to influence people to vote for opposition partners.

“We urge the police not to rashly carry out operations that can hurt our democratic process, do not disturb this democratic process because this is very dangerous for us,” he explained.

On that occasion, the deputy chairman of the House of Representatives also revealed a cyber attack on the digital assets of the opposition team from 20 countries and considered it a disruptor of Indonesia’s democratic process.

“We have experienced since the 15th cyber attack on our digital assets such as the Prabowo-Sandi website, Ok-Oce, and a number of applications used by volunteers, in a planned attack to stifle us,” he said.

He also appealed to the police as part of the cyber unit to immediately anticipate this. He emphasized the universality of the police as shared property, not the property of certain parties, protecting all parties so that democracy was not tainted.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com