TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Elections Committee (KPU) recorded members of polling station working committees (KPPS) who died during the 2019 general elections up to April 23, at 16:30 local times, increased to 119 people. As for officers who have fallen ill reached 548 people.
“Our officers who are suffering grief amounted to 667 people across 25 provinces,” said the KPU commissioner Viryan Azis in Jakarta, Wednesday, April 24.
According to him, the Finance Ministry has conveyed its willingness to allocate compensation for them. An incentive will be given also for regional administrations providing aid.
“We appreciate several provincial administrations that have granted compensation,” Viryan added.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said the government will hand over the compensation. “I have reviewed a recommendation on giving an allowance. We will likely accommodate it in a more common standard of payment,” said the minister in Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Tuesday, April 23.
However, Sri Mulyani stopped short of detailing the amount of compensation for families of the KPPS members who died allegedly due to fatigue following the 2019 simultaneous elections, saying that the calculation was still afoot based on the prevailing law.
IRSYAN HASYIM (CONTRIBUTOR)