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Bawaslu Probes 27 Alleged Vote Buying Cases in Central Java

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18 April 2019 16:51
Semarang: The Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) office in Central Java is investigating 27 alleged cases of "money politics", which occurred during the cooling-off period from April 14 to 16.
 
"We are investigating 27 alleged cases of money politics in 15 districts and municipalities in Central Java," Coordinator of Bawaslu Office's Action Division Sri Wahyu Ananingsih said in Semarang on Thursday.
 
Seven of the 27 alleged cases of money politics were found in Banyumas district, four in Salatiga city, two each in Wonogiri, Batang, Boyolali and Brebes districts, and one each in Banjarnegara, Kudus, Cilacap, Demak, Kebumen, Pekalongan, Purworejo districts and Tegal city.

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"The amount of money (used to bribe voters) in each district and municipality is different. Most (of the perpetrators) were legislative candidates," he said.
 
Some of the cases are being investigated to see if they meet formal and material requirements, while the others are being handled, he said.
 
Indonesia held its first-ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on Wednesday. Voters elected the president, vice president and members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
 
Based on the offical data from the General Elections Commission (KPU), as many as 192 million people were eligible to vote this year. In the meantime, more than 800 thousand polling stations were open across the country.
 
According to reports, the polling stations were guarded by 270 thousand police officers and 70 thousand military personnel. In addition to that, police and military were assisted by 1.6 million community protection (linmas) officers.
 
This year, 16 national political parties participated on a national level. In Aceh, Four local political parties participated on a provincial level.
 
Similar with 2014, the 2019 presidential race was contested by Jokowi and Prabowo. Five years ago, the former Jakarta governor won 53 percent of the votes against the Gerindra Party leader. (Antara)
 

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