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6,000 Personnel on Standby to Safeguard President’s Visit to Papua

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At least 6,000 are currently stand by to secure a visit by President Joko Widodo to Papua - Jubi

At least 6,000 are currently stand by to secure a visit by President Joko Widodo to Papua – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – At least 6,000 are currently stand by to secure a visit by President Joko Widodo to Papua on Friday (8/5).

The Cenderawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Major General Fransen Siahaan told reporters on Wednesday (6/5/2015) in Jayapura that the military was deploying 3,260 personnel.

The Military Headquarters also provides five helicopters, a military aircraft and two warships to support them.
“We are ready to guard Mr. President in his visit to Papua,” said Siahaan.

Further he expects no group is intended to disturb the president’s mission to Papua. His first mission was in December 2014.
“If anyone wants to disturb or even stop the president’s mission, the security forces would not hesitate taking the firm action,” he said. Meanwhile the president’s mission plan to Manokwari, West
Papua would be discussed on Wednesday (6/5) since travelling to Bintuni will take a longer time.

The simulation of military’s guard preparation to protect the president’s visit was held in the Cenderawasih XVII Regional Military Command Headquarter on Tuesday (5/5) led by the Jayapura 172 Military Resorts Commander Colonel Infantry Trijuniarto. (*/rom)

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New autonomy region is a sexy issue in the political year

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Division of the province or districts has always become a public issue in Papua in every election moments; no matter it is the regional head election (Pilkada), legislative election or presidential election.

Second Secretary of Papuan Customary Council John NR Gobai said this issue is always addressed as a political agenda by some parties who claim it as the aspirations of the community.

“It’s just a political issue. If it is indeed the real aspirations of the community, therefore it must be respected. However, if the issue raised before the regional head election or legislative election, what does it mean? “This should not be used as a political bargain to get something,” Gobai told Jubi on Thursday, 4 October 2018.

Although he believes that people nowadays are educated and able to make a prediction towards such issue that has blown up ahead the political year, but he still reminds the public to not influenced by such problem. Moreover, the government does not revoke the moratorium regarding new regions yet due to financial reason.

Focus to the main issue amongst the community

Gobai asks the candidates to promote some issues that have become the main problems of the community, such as the settlement of human rights violations, natural resources management, the rights of indigenous peoples and so on, rather than the issue of new autonomy regions.

The division of regions might not an urgent agenda. Moreover, some new districts in Papua are not showing the significant development in various sectors.

“Regarding the division of districts, this is not efficient. Developments in the new areas are stagnant. Also, it should get prior approval from the origin district government or province because it relates to the financing.

“I even heard the information that there are parties who promote the creation of new regions ask for the financial support from the community because the division that they are trying to deal with is not the willingness of the main district government,” said Gobai.

Meanwhile, the parliament member of the commission for the government, politics, law and human rights Orgenes Wanimbo said the similar thing that there is no doubt that some parties who promote the division of regions for their interest but said it was the people’s aspirations, whereas there are many aspects need to consider before proposing this division. For instance, the regional border, the potential natural resources, facilities and human resources, and et cetera.

Furthermore, the new autonomy region, according to Wanimbo, is not an answer to the people’s welfare. On the contrary, it is worried that the indigenous people would be marginalized by the new settlers.(*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Civilians are allegedly among casualties in Tingginambut gunfire

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Resort police squad of Tingginambut met one of the tribe leaders last year (illustration) – Tribratanews.papua.polri.go.id

Jayapura, Jubi – A human rights worker from the Kingmi Church reported seven people died in a gunfire between a joint Indonesian force of the Law Enforcement Task Force (Satgas Gakkum) with a group of Free Papua Liberation Army (TPN) / OPM) led by Goliat Tabuni in Puncak Jaya District, Papua on Monday morning (1/10/2018).

“Five people killed are civilians, including two children and a pregnant woman. Meanwhile, the other two are TPN/OPM members,” he explained by phone on Saturday (6/10/2018).

Furthermore, he said from the information he received from Tingginambut confirmed that these seven dead victims found around the villagers’ houses. So apparently more victims might be found in the woods as many villagers escaped to the forest during the shooting.

Meanwhile, the Military Information Chief of XVII Cenderawasih Colonel Inf. Muhammad Aidi in the press release confirmed the gunfire in Tingginambut sub-district really happened.

“At around 6:45 am of Papua time, the military task force of 20 soldiers led by the First Lieutenant Inf. Angga conducted a patrol when they saw the Morning Star flag fluttering on the hill in Gubuleme village of Tingginambut sub-district. They then found out that the location was the headquarters of the insurgent group under Golliat Tabuni,” said the colonel.

He further said the military warned the group to surrender, but instead they shot a soldier. Consequently, the 30 minutes gunfire between the army and insurgents unavoidably occurred.

Being oppressed, he said the insurgent group finally retreated behind the hill and ran out to the forest, whereas the soldiers took control on the insurgents’ headquarters. An insurgent was down at the location.

“There were also some evidences found, namely a British-made Lee Enfield long barrel, two digital cameras, a number of TPN / OPM documents, a revolver fire gun, dozens of various caliber ammunition, an air rifle, two cellphones, a series of automatic rifle ammunition, two laptops, and the Morning Star flag, “he said. (*)

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Noken system in Papua’s elections is still debated

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Illustration of Noken system in Papua’s election – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The Constitutional Court (MK) has acknowledged and endorsed the Noken System in the elections in accordance with the Decree of the Constitutional Court Number: 47-48 / PHPU.A-VI / 2009 and the article 18B paragraph (2) of the 1945 Constitution.

However, this system is still considered to cause some conflicts among local communities because it forces many candidates to think and work hard to get sympathy from people living in such areas applied to this system.

Although the Papua General Election Commission (KPU) has issued the technical guidelines in 2013 regulating the use of noken instead of the ballot box in the election, Metusalak Ifandi, the Chairman of Papua Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), admits the noken system is still a potential source of conflicts in the local election in Papua.

“The implementation in the field is totally different from the technical guidelines. This should be addressed by KPU. Of course, there needs a coordination between KPU and Bawaslu regarding the technical implementation including the regulations because we only refer to their guidelines,” he answered Jubi on Tuesday (9/18/2018) in Jayapura.

Multi-interpretation and the need of review

The noken system is considered valid if the noken is hung on the wood located in the polling station. Voters must come to the location and should not be represented by others to put the ballot into the noken. After the voting, the ballots must be counted on location but still need to be punched (to authorize), not like the voting process in other regions where the noken system is not applied, voters punched the ballot at the same time they put it into the ballot box. That’s why, according to Papua Bawaslu, the noken system often leads to misinterpretation.

“According to the Constitutional Court, the use of the noken system to substitute the ballot box is to respect the tradition of the local community,” said Metusalak.

Meanwhile, Theodorus Kossay, the Chairman of KPU Papua, said KPU Papua considers three aspects towards the application of the noken system, namely reviewing this system with academics, establishing the standard operating procedures and stimulating the use of this system.

“These three aspects were carried out to give weight to the implementation of the noken system and provide education to the people living in 14 districts that use the noken system,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor : Pipiet Maizier

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