Two potential candidates for Papua’s gubernatorial elections have reported the poll commission to the state administrative court, after they were disqualified by the Papua General Elections Commission on Monday. The elections commission, known as the KPU, declared that the running pair, Barnabas Suebo and John Tabo, had not passed the verification phase to run for the governor position. “On Friday, we registered our lawsuit against the Papua province KPU,” said Mathias Rafra, a spokesman for John.
Mathias said that the Barnabas-John pair were following the legal procedures in registering their lawsuit.
Only six other pairs of candidates for the post of governor and deputy governor were left to run in the election scheduled for Jan. 29, 2013.
Benny Swenny, the chairman of the Papua KPU, said that his institution was ready for the lawsuit.
“We, the Papua KPU, are ready and we also appreciate the move since this is also their right. We will continue to proceed and remain optimistic and we are already printing the ballot papers and the various other forms,” Benny said.
On Saturday, the six remaining candidate pairs were given numbers for the elections.