IPAC Report 50: Update on Local Election Results in West Kalimantan and Papua
IPAC’s 50th report was released on its fifth birthday, August 16, 2018, with a newsletter message from Director Sidney Jones.
[Jakarta, 16 August 2018] The results of local elections in West Kalimantan and Papua raise a few red flags for the future. West Kalimantan voters voted overwhelmingly along religious lines in an echo of the Jakarta governor’s race in 2016-2017. The reliance on identity politics does not bode well for communal harmony in the future. In Papua, almost everything that could go wrong with an election did. This is guaranteed to happen again and again until the voter rolls are overhauled and the system of proxy voting thrown out.
The latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), “Update on Local Election Results in West Kalimantan and Papua”, examines the dynamics of the June 2018 races in the two provinces, both flagged as possible trouble-spots by election officials before the voting took place.