Indonesia to probe ‘scattered’ ballot papers

  • Nation
  • Friday, 12 Apr 2019

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Election Commission says it will send officials to Malaysia after videos online allegedly showed thousands of voting papers for next week’s polls being scattered throughout a warehouse.

One of the videos showed police at the warehouse in Selangor and people holding ballot papers and commenting they’d been marked in favour of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and legislative candidates for parties in his coalition.

Indonesian Election Commission official Ilham Saputra said they would “immediately set up a team and send its members to ascertain what really happened”.

The Indonesian presidential and legislative elections are set for next Wednesday.

He said the overseas election commission advised that it had not rented a shophouse in Malaysia.

Opinion polls from the second half of March showed Joko enjoying a large lead over his challenger, former special forces’ Gen Prabowo Subianto, but undecided voters remain as high as 20%. — AP

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