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    SPR: In Indonesia vote, ballots travel on horseback and by boat

    In Indonesia vote, ballots travel on horseback and by boat

    Posted on 8 July 2014 - 12:35pm


    ballot boxes on their backs, Indonesian tribesmen climbed barefoot up a mountain in a remote part of Borneo island to ensure a small village would not miss the chance to take part in Wednesday's presidential poll.

    It is just one example of the great lengths gone to in the world's biggest archipelago nation, home to some 6,000 inhabited islands and stretching around 3,200 miles (5,150 kilometres) from east to west, to organise elections.

    Months of painstaking preparation culminate in a weeks-long operation, with ballots taken in speedboats out to remote islands, carried on horseback along mountain paths, and in helicopters and small planes to far-flung hamlets.

    There will be some 480,000 polling stations set up for the vote across the world's third-biggest democracy.

    Some 190 million eligible voters will cast ballots, from the crowded main island of Java -- where more than half of the country's inhabitants live -- to mountainous eastern Papua, and jungle-clad Sumatra in the west.

    "Geography is always a problem in Indonesia," election commission spokesman Arief Priyo Susanto told AFP, ahead of this week's poll in which Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and ex-general Prabowo Subianto are in a tight race.

    "We distribute logistics to the most remote and least accessible areas first."

    The 15 men delivering voting slips on Borneo were from the Dayak tribe, feared in the past for ritually decapitating their enemies then preserving their heads, and they faced a two-day trek over mountains and through the jungle to reach Juhu village.

    Wild boars, blood-sucking leeches

    They ran a gauntlet of wild boars stampeding through the jungle and streams filled with blood-sucking leeches, in areas where there is no phone signal and temperatures plunge at night, local election commission chief Subhani told AFP.

    "It's better to walk non-stop for 18 hours than to sleep overnight," added the official, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

    In the Bondowoso district of eastern Java, ballot boxes were being strapped to 20 horses tasked with carting voting slips up precipitous rocky slopes, along deep ravines and narrow dirt paths to highland settlements that vehicles cannot reach.

    "It's too dangerous for cars and motorcycles as a wrong move could mean falling to one's death," district election official Juli Suryo told AFP.

    In vast Papua, ballots are taken to polling stations by jeep, speedboat and on foot. This year the military is using three helicopters to help with distribution in a bid to speed up the process.

    However thick fog in the mountains or heavy rain can hamper delivery of ballot boxes by air. Extra precautions must also be taken if it is raining, with ballot boxes wrapped in plastic sheets and wax paper to protect them.

    There have been numerous problems in the country's two direct presidential elections and four legislative polls since the end of authoritarian rule.

    These include late arrival of ballot boxes due to bad weather, leaving people to wait several days before they can vote; insufficient voting slips, and ballot papers being sent to the wrong districts.

    However, despite the difficulties, most issues are minor, and the majority of voters can normally cast their ballots.

    Previous elections have gone well overall, and have largely been considered free and fair, and officials are confident that this year's presidential poll will also pass off without major disruption.

    "It's a challenging task but we are trying our best to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day of election, and everyone eligible gets to vote," said Papua election official Muhammad Ikhsan Payapo. – AFP


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    Indonesia Presidential Election: Live

    Adelia Anjani Putri has spoken with Hafizul Mizan Piliang from one of the more reliable quick count providers, CSIS.

    “We will start the quick count at 1 p.m. For exit poll, we have gathered 92.65 percent data from all over Indonesia. We will publish the exit poll result at 1 p.m. Also, we can already publish our prediction plus other data… In addition, everything went smoothly, at least at the stations from where we have taken samples.”

    Ethan Harfenist has spoken with the Jakarta Globe’s Aceh correspondent Nurdin Hasan.

    “One vote counts. I ask you to please make sure your friends, relatives and family have voted, too. Thank you.”

    Some more stories from the Indonesian press.
    Antara reports that Joko’s mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, voted in Polling Station 22, Manahan, Banjarsari, Solo. She voted with his daughter and son-in-law at around 8.15. She declined to give any comments to waiting journalists. “Lets just hope for the best for Indonesia,” she said.

    TransJakarta buses will operate as usual in all corridors, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. TransJakarta operations chief Pargaulan Butar-Butar said the company had arranged a flexible schedule so drivers would be able to vote.

    Antara reports that Vice President Boediono and his wife voted at Station 102 in Depok, Yogyakarta at around 9 a.m.

    Sari Latief reports for BeritaSatu English.

    Exit polls are doing the rounds on Twitter — but they mean very little at this stage.
    “The data has started to come in, but we cant publish anything now since there is too little and it’s still not representative. We will start publishing at 1 p.m. Jakarta time,” Djayadi Hanan at Saiful Mujani Research Center told the Globe at 11.25 a.m.

    Voting has closed in Papua.

    Florence Armein has been in Pluit, North Jakarta, speaking with voters since this morning.

    A total of 18 detainees of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday have voted at polling station number 18 at the KPK headquarters in the Karet urban ward of Setiabudi subdistrict, South Jakarta. Six of the 18 detaines arrived on board a prisoner van from the Guntur detention facility, arriving at around 9:15 a.m. The six then joined 12 other graft suspects detained at the KPK detention facilities to vote. Among the detainees voting at the KPK were former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum and former chairman of the Prosperous Justice Party, Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq and businessman Ahmad Fatanah.

    Indonesian presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his wife Iriana pose for pictures after casting their vote in Jakarta July 9, 2014. (Reuters Photo)Indonesian presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his wife Iriana pose for pictures after casting their vote in Jakarta July 9, 2014. (Reuters Photo)

    No show at Lapindo. Polling station number 8 in Wringin, on the rim of the expansive Lapindo mud lake in Sidoarjo in East Java, was quiet this morning. Some 424 voters were registered but most of the residents there had relocated since their homes were submerged by Aburizal Bakrie’s drilling misadventure, the state Radio Republic Indonesia said on Wednesday.
    The world’s largest mud volcano has submerged some 10,500 homes in 16 villages in three subdistricts of Sidoarjo, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and displaced.


    Ruht Semiono has been following Jusuf Kalla’s at the polling station.

    A first for Indonesia — people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders were given the chance to vote at polling stations specifically established in psychiatric hospitals and community care centers.
    Yeni Rosa Damayanti, chairperson of the Mental Health Association, said the lifting of a previous discriminatory policy, which prevented people with psychiatric disorders from voting, was a proud moment for her organization and others, including the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta), which had campaigned for universal suffrage.Tigor Hutapea, of LBH Jakarta, said he regretted that the Electoral Commission had taken three years to update voting rolls in accordance with Indonesia’s 2011 ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The update was too late to enable participation in the recent legislative elections.Voting is taking place at psychiatric hospitals in West Java’s Bogor, Bali, East Java’s Magelang and Malang, and in Riau, as well as other care centers nationwide.By 10 a.m. 62 patients had voted in Bogor.

    Dr. Irmansyah of Bogor Mental Hospital said psychiatric disorders could be treated in variety of ways which enabled sufferers to overcome their symptoms with no impediment to the cognitive function required to take part in electing their democratic representatives.

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday called on the candidates running in the presidential election to accept whatever the results of the poll.
    “Respect the sovereignty of the people, respect the freedom of the people to chose their president,” Yudhoyono said after voting at a polling station near his private residence in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java.
    “I also urge and hope that the two pairs of candidates can accept the results of this election well,” he added. He said that the losing pair of candidates should accept their defeat well as ” a defeat is only a delayed victory,” and that the opportunity to win was still open in the future. Yudhoyono also called this election “an historic day for the Indonesian nation, a determining day.”
    The head of state, who will give way to the new elected president, the country’s seventh, on October 20, also called on the public to support the Indonesian armed forces and the National Police in their state duties of safeguarding the elections.

    Indonesian film director Joko Anwar has cast his vote.

    “I have been a part of important Indonesia history, join me!” #jokowiday #rame2celup2jari

    Jokowi votes. Joko Widodo cast his vote more than an hour behind schedule at 10:15 a.m on Wednesday, the Jakarta Globe’s Ben Soloway reports, at a crowded polling station in Taman Suroptai, Menteng. A large group of voters had waited to catch sight of the Jakarta Governor and he arrived to a raucous reception. There was a major international media presence outside Taman Suropati. Jokowi arrived wearing beige batik, with his wife by his side in a white jilbab. After voting a small stampede led to five or six people being trampled on but no-one was seriously injured.
    No sign of Prabowo yet.


    Jakarta Globe photographer Yudhi Sukma Wijaya has been at a jakarta polling station since early this morning.

    Security has been a real concern ahead of today’s vote. Many residents in Jakarta were startled to hear F-16 jets flying over the city on Monday afternoon. A representative from the air force later said the deployment was unrelated to today’s election. The likelihood of election-related conflict split analysts and political leaders ahead of July 9. There don’t appear to be any major security incidents in Jakarta so far today. On Monday, photos of armored personnel carriers in Senayan, Jakarta, quickly did the rounds on social media. Below is a gallery of the security situation today — photos from agencies.


    Joko Widodo’s running mate Jusuf Kalla is on his way to the polling station, in a purple and green batik.

    Prabowo’s running mate Hatta Rajasa, accompanied by his wife and two sons, voted in his home village, Jejawi, in the subdistrict of Jejawi in Ogan Komering Ilir in South Sumatra, the state Radio Republik Indonesia reported. Hatta had this to say earlier

    Of the almost 190 million people who have the right to vote today — around 70 million will be first-time voters, reflecting Indonesia’s extraordinary demographics. This short series of interviews gives an insight into some of Jakarta’s young middle class voters — and what they want from their candidates.

    Noviani Setuningsih reports that former Prosperous Justice Party chairman Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq cast his vote at the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) detention center in East Jakarta. Lutfhi has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his wholesale corruption or the country’s beef imports. The Democratic Party’s former fixer Anas Urbaningrum is also due to vote there later. No photographs yet, but rogues’ gallery to follow later, possibly.

    The Globe’s Farouk Arnaz reports that the National Police confiscated on Tuesday night thousands copies of a tabloid set up to smear Joko Widodo’s ethnicity. An investigator told the Jakarta Globe that the journalists behind the tabloid, Setiyardi Budiono and Darmawan Setiyosa, the editor in chief and writer of Tabloid “Obor Rakyat,” would be investigated for defamation. Both men have been charged with violation press laws after the tabloid alleged Joko Widodo was a Christian of Chinese descent. The tabloid has been distributed free of charge in Islamic boarding schools in Central and East Java.



    Voting got off to an unusually slow start in Papua this morning after much of the electorate elected instead to watch the end of Germany’s embarrassing 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil in the World Cup semi final. Flags of competing nations festooned the polling station at Waena in Papua’s capital of Jayapura — but it was two hours after the station opened before residents began trickling in to cast their votes.
    Polling station coordinator Haji Rusia said that by 9 a.m. there had been only a handful of attendees.
    “There’s been just 20 people who’ve cast their votes out of 253 female voters and 397 male voters registered here,” Rusia said.

    Taman Suropati polling station in Menteng, Central Jakarta, is already packed with journalists waiting for Joko Widodo to cast his vote. Former vice president Tri Sutrisno and his wife have already cast their ballot at the same polling station.


    The Indonesian General Elections Commission sent out a SMS message to voters telling people “come to the polling station and choose your president and vice president. Every vote matters for Indonesia.”

    Market traders at Pasar Kramat Jati speak of what they want from the candidates.

    Polling stations in Papua opened at 7 a.m. local time, which is two hours ahead of Jakarta. Voters in the capital and elsewhere on Western Indonesia Time (WIB) were able to cast their ballot from 7 a.m. Polling stations close at 1 p.m.

    Indonesia’s elections rely on quick counts of votes after polling stations close. Historically these have been reliable to within a few percentage points. Exit polls will be released by the same polling organizations before the quick counts — these will not, however, be a reliable indicator.

    Quick count results from the most reliable providers CSIS, LSI, Saiful Mujani etc will be updated throughout the afternoon on this blog — from around 3 p.m. WIB. These providers have expanded the number of polling stations from which they count votes in an attempt to reduce their margins for error. Some claim as low as 1 percent, but this has not been independently confirmed.

    The Jakarta Globe’s Adelia Anjani Putri spoke with two quick count providers on July 8.

    Hafizul Mizan Piliang, Cyrus Network Researcher (CSIS-Cyrus Network Quick Count)

    “The margin of error is around 1 percent. We use a multi-stage random sampling method where we get 2000 random polling stations throughout the country, in all provinces. Basically it will be just like the surveys we’ve done before.

    We expect the exit poll result to come in at around 1 pm, but the margin of error will be around 3 percent and it’s quite unsafe to publish it as it can spark chaos. It will be okay if the gap is around 5 percent, but if it’s only 2 percent it’s going to cause problem. So, we’re just going to wait until 4 or 5 p.m. to get the complete data and publish it.

    Djayadi Hanan, Research Director of Saiful Mujani Research Center

    “The margin of error is around 1 percent. The presidential election is usually more straightforward than the legislative one. We expect the quick count result to be in around two hours after the polling stations close in Jakarta. For the exit poll, we can get the result right when the stations close.

    The exit poll result is not really reliable, the margin of error is around 2.5 percent. The exit poll is used to see qualitative factors that cant be identified through quick count such as the voters’ reason to come and vote for a particular candidate, how exposed they are to the campaign, their perceptions…

    We can predict the winning candidate once the gap between the two candidates reaches two percent at minimum —twice the expected margin of error.

    We’re doing a multi stage random sampling with 2000 polling stations throughout the country, with a proportional amount of stations per province. So, say West Java has 15% of the total national vote, we’re taking 15% of the 2000, 300 random stations in that province.

    Our latest survey (taken until July 3 and published today) shows that Joko still leads the race by 2.7 percent.

    For a comprehensive history of Indonesia’s presidential elections — click on the image below.

    The candidates had this to say on Twitter
    “It’s time Indonesia changed. See you at the polling station. God is with us.”

    Here’a gallery of some of the best images from the campaign leading up to the April 9 parliamentary election. Joko Widodo’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) party came out in front, although it did far worse than pollsters had expected.

    Click here for a blow-by-blow replay of the Jakarta Globe’s legislative election.


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    Indonesian soldiers help load ballot boxes onto a military helicopter to deliver in nearby mountainous areas around Timika, Papua province, a day ahead of Indonesia’s presidential election, July 8, 2014. (Reuters Photo)

    A pedicab driver carries ballot boxes destined for polling stations in the upcoming Indonesian presidential elections in Yogyakarta, Central Java, July 8, 2014. (Reuters Photo)

    Indonesian electoral workers, accompanied by police officers and military personnel transport ballot boxes on horses as they distribute the boxes to voting stations at Brambang Darussalam village, Bondowoso, East Java province, Indonesia, 08 July 2014. (EPA Photo)

    A KPU official delivers ballots to remote areas, one day ahead of presidential elections in Tanggerang, Banten. (EPA Photo)

    A police officer searches a polling station where Indonesian presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his wife Iriana will cast their vote later in Jakarta. (Reuters Photo)


    Here’s a wrap of what the international press has written on Indonesia’s election.

    Australia’s The Age says the cracks in Indonesia are becoming “harder to paper over” and it’s hard to escape the feeling that this election is a “key decision point” for the country.

    Reuters looks at the election’s main battleground province of West Java, home to 46 million people — or about 20 percent of the national vote.

    Foreign Policy provides a succinct snapshot of the campaign a day out from polling and explores whether a win for Joko would mean a break from Indonesia’s authoritarian past.

    The Guardian lists five reasons why Indonesia’s election matters.

    The New York Times has this piece on the new crop of political upstarts, exemplified by presidential hopeful Joko Widodo, trying to break down Indonesia’s established political order.

    In this piece Time magazine describes Ahmad Dhani’s adaption of the Queen classic “We Will Rock You”, which was endorsed by Prabowo Subianto on his official Facebook page, as “one of the worst pieces of political campaigning ever.”

    The New Mandala, which followed the Jokowi-JK team for several days as it traveled through Java, catalogues the pair’s disorganized campaign and its lack of a forceful campaign message.

    They also have this article, “Prabowo Subianto: vote for me, but just the once”, which, following public comments made by Prabowo, questioned his commitment to democracy. He subsequently clarified his position.

    The BBC looks at what’s at stake for Indonesia’s economic growth this election.

    Welcome to the Jakarta Globe’s live coverage of the Indonesian presidential election.

    Today more than 180 million voters across the archipelago’s 17,000 islands will pick between two candidates who could hardly be more different — the mild-mannered reformist Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and ex-special forces juggernaut Prabowo Subianto.

    Live coverage begins from Jakarta at 6 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB).

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