Suara.com – Floods that occurred in a number of areas of Demak Regency made the local General Election Commission (KPU) take the decision to postpone the voting which was supposed to be held on Wednesday (14/2/2024).
The postponement of voting was only carried out in nine villages in Demak Regency where the floodwaters have not yet receded.
“The nine villages are Wonoketingal, Cangkringrembang, Cangkring, Undaan Kidul, Undaan Lor, Ngemplikwetan, Wonorejo, Karanganyar and Ketanjung,” said Demak Regency KPU Chair Siti Ulfaati, Monday (12/2/2024).
Siti stated that of the nine villages there were still those that were directly affected by total flooding. Not only that, on average the voting organizing group (KPPS) and their voters also became victims and fled.
He also stated that if the voting was forced to take place in refugee camps, it would not be possible.
It's still decreasing, currently Ketanjung Village, especially TPS 10-13, is still submerged in floodwater with a height of up to 3 meters. In fact, KPPS officers and voters do not know their whereabouts and places of refuge.
The decision to postpone the voting itself was based on the results of coordination with stakeholders as well as the Karanganyar Regency PPK Demak official letter number 11/PP.08-SD/33.21.09/2024 dated 10 February 2024 concerning the Request for Proposals.
The Demak Regency KPU has also coordinated with the KPPS, voting committee (PPS), and sub-district election committee (PPK) regarding the conditions and situation in villages in Karanganyar District via a zoom meeting on February 11 2024 at 19.30 WIB.
He stated that the Demak KPU's decision was also based on KPU Regulation Number 25/2023 concerning Voting and Counting of Votes in General Elections in article 110.
In this article it is stated in paragraph (1) that in the event that in part or all of the electoral district (Dapil) there is rioting, security disturbances, natural disasters or other disturbances which result in all stages of voting and/or vote counting not being able to be carried out, voting will be carried out. votes and/or counting of follow-up votes.
From nine villages, there are 108 voting stations (TPS) with a total of 26,351 voters.