Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, left, at the House of Representatives in Jakarta in January this year. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

Papua Governor Named Suspect in Election Violation Case


JULY 12, 2017

Jakarta. Authorities have charged Papua Governor Lukas Enembe with allegedly persuading residents to vote for one of the candidates in the Tolikara district head election earlier this year, police have said.

Officers have named Lukas a suspect in the case and submitted his case files to prosecutors, Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said on Monday (10/07).

Lukas allegedly committed the election violation a week before voting day in Tolikara, one of 18 districts in Papua that held a re-vote in May after initial elections in February.

Lukas allegedly campaigned in his hometown of Kanggime in Tolikara for district head candidate Usman Wanimbo and running mate Dinius Wanimbo, who later won the election.

Losing candidate Amos Jikwa reported Lukas to the Elections Supervisory Agency and the Papua Police immediately after the allegedly illegal campaigning in Kanggime.