After Local Election in Aceh Turns Violent, Police Declare Man a
Jul 13, 2012 04:52 PDT
The Jakarta Globe
July 12, 2012
After Local Election in Aceh Turns Violent, Police Declare Man a Suspect
by Farouk Arnaz
Police in the Aceh district of Nagan Raya have declared one man a
suspect following recent violence there pitting thousands of electoral
protesters against security forces, a police officer said on
“From the seven people yesterday, only one remains detained and we are
declaring the person, whose initials are M.I., as a suspect,” Sr.
Comr. Agus Rianto, the head of the National Police general information
department, said in Jakarta.
Police had arrested 66 protesters on Monday, but only seven were held
for questioning until Tuesday. The seven were suspected of inciting
At least two police officers were injured when they attempted to
disband a noisy and violent protest at the local district office of
the Independent Election Commission (KIP), which was also vandalized.
The protesters were supporters of Asib Amin and Djasmi Has, a pair of
candidates running in the second round of local elections for the
district chief and deputy.
In the second round of voting, Teuku Zularnain and Jamin Idham won
narrowly, attracting 43,640 votes, or 52 percent of the total,
compared to the 41,608 votes garnered by Asib and Djasmi.
Asib supporters demanded that a recount be held, claiming
irregularities and cheating, but electoral authorities rejected the
demand. Protesters turned violent on Monday, demanding the annulment
of the results of the election.
Elections across Aceh were held in April, following delays caused by
disputes over candidate registration. The ballot was largely peaceful
and there were few accusations of irregularities, although there were
some earlier acts of violence.
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