Achieve peaceful simultaneous regional elections in Papua




Realizing simultaneous regional head elections in 11 districts of Papua Province which will take place on December 9, 2020 to take place in a democratic, peaceful and conducive manner, is the hope of all elements of society, political parties that support and local stakeholders in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic situation.

It is hoped that the succession process for the simultaneous regional elections in 11 districts of Papua Province will be successful and smooth so that through direct regional head elections can produce a definitive figure for the pair of regional heads of regents and deputy regents to continue various development programs in the regions in an effort to improve the welfare of indigenous Papuans.

The experience from holding simultaneous regional elections in Papua Province in 2017 and 2018 as well as the 2019 elections for a political democracy party in the Eastern region of the Republic of Indonesia was very smooth and successful. In fact, the implementation of the five-year political agenda in Indonesia can increase the participation of local citizens in channeling their voting rights in regional elections and elections.

However, various incidents of violent crime have occurred in several places, such as the murder case experienced by KPU staff Yahukimo Hendry Jovinsky, the throwing and vandalism of the KPU secretariat in Mamberamo Raya Regency and the existence of a number of other violent crime cases coloring information on various media has become a challenge for law enforcement officials and the organizing institution. election for regional heads of the General Election Commission and the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) to realize peaceful pilkada.

The challenges and obstacles to the success of the peaceful simultaneous regional elections in 11 districts of Papua Province are of special note for the election organizers of the KPU and Bawaslu as well as the readiness of the Police-TNI security apparatus in providing security guarantees for the success of the political succession agenda in Papua.

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