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House speaker urges KPU to deal with duplicate voters names

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House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo

House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo

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Invalid data of voters list are prone to abuse and misuse in general elections.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has urged the Commission Election Commission (KPU) to address problems of duplicate voter names found in the official final voter list (DPT) of the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for April 2019. The House of Representatives (DPR) has asked the KPU to verify and update the data following findings of duplicate voter names in the DPT, he stated.

"KPU must keep on updating the data so the DPT for the 2019 general elections would be clean and valid," the House Speaker said in a statement here on Thursday.

He also asked the Commission to announce results of its verification and update to the public to prevent any suspicion and abuse of the voting rights.

Earlier, the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) found duplicate voter names among 10,798 names in Batam, 8,862 in Tasikmalaya, 6,777 in Banyumas, and 1,036 in Purwakarta. Bawaslu and KPU must carry out mapping of regions having duplicate data of voters, the Golkar senior politician explained.

"Invalid data are prone to abuse and misuse in general elections," he added.

A party coalition supporting presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has claimed that they still find 8.1 million duplicate voter names in the official final voter list (DPT) while sorting the list. The coalition had earlier found some 25 million duplicate voter names in the Temporary Voter List (DPS) on July 13, 2018.

"We have sorted 185 million voter names in DPT, and 8,145,713 names in the list are duplicates," Pipin Sopian, chairman of the Justice Prosperous Party (PKS) Executive Board, said here on Thursday evening.

On Sept 5, 2018, the coalition received the DPT approved by KPU and still found 8,145,713 duplicate names out of some 185 million eligible voter names in the list. The finding has been reported to the KPU on Thursday, and the coalition and KPU agree to meet again on Friday (Sept 14), hestated.

Yandi Susanto, chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN), another coalition member of Subianto, chairman of Gerindra Party, noted that the coalition has asked KPU to make sure that there are no duplicate voter names in the final list. He cited as an example the number of voters in Lebak District, Banten Province, which is 933 thousand according to the DPT, but 2.1 million according to DPS.

Indonesia will hold simultaneous direct presidential and legislative election on April 17, 2019.

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