Jakarta – Vote distortions may occur in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections in Papua if the noken system is used, an official from the General Elections Commission (KPU) has said.
Under the noken 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.
KPU commissioner Hasyim Asyari said his commission was striving to reduce the use of the noken voting system in elections as it went against the national system of direct voting.
"We're also worried that the person representing the voters will deliberately change their vote without their consent," Hasyim said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday. To prevent such cases, Hasyim said the commission would evaluate the system.
Six regions in Papua use the system, namely Deiyai, Jayawijaya, Mamberamo Tengah, Mimika, Panai, and Puncak.
Out of eight regional elections to be conducted in Papua this year, only the Papua provincial election and the Biak Numfor regental election will not use of the noken voting system. (dpk/ebf)