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Voter cards bought and sold openly JAKARTA - Voter cards for the legislative election on April 5 have are being sold openly for up to Rp 250,000, a legislative candidate of the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI) and a loyalist of the Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) said here on Saturday. PKPB candidate Probosutedjo claimed he bought some voter cards from an unidentified seller. "At first I couldn't believe that the cards were being sold. But it turns out to be true after someone offered me 100 cards at price of Rp 50,000 each. I bought 10 cards just to prove it," he said showing the cards.
"Then there was someone offering me voter cards at a price of Rp250,000 each complete with people willing to masquerade as the person on the card when voting," he said. Meanwhile PKPI's legislative candidate Sri Edi Swasono who received two voter cards said such sloppiness and fraudulence would ruin the election. He also mentioned a problem with the distribution of voter cards in his neighborhood. "Me and my wife each got our cards but my son, Tansri Zulfikar, did not. I have already told a local election committee head and the Central Statistics Agency. To my surprise they said only 5 percent of eligible voters had not yet got their cards," he said. Sri is a son-in-law of the first Indonesian vice president M. Hatta.
Probosutedjo, half brother of former president Soeharto, also said the selling of voter cards was being done for economic reasons. He, however, said some of the larger political parties had intentionally bought up many cards. Both Sri Edi and Probosutedjo have predicted that such fraudulence was also rampant in other electoral districts.



Posted in Elections @ 03 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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