IPAC: Elections in Papua


IPAC’s latest report, Open to Manipulation: The 2014 Elections in Papua, looks at how the April legislative and July presidential elections were conducted in Papua province, with particular attention to the improbable results coming out of the central highlands where the turnout was uniformly reported as 100 per cent–even in many areas where no one actually saw a ballot. In many areas, local leaders cast votes on behalf of entire communities, in a judicially sanctioned but completely unregulated practice known as the “noken system”. It is exploited by both the local Papuan political elite as well as political parties in Jakarta and helps perpetuate inflated voter rolls and inflated population statistics that in turn fuel corruption.

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