Members of Parliament Specifically in West Papua are Immediately Selected

The West Papua Provincial Government immediately organized a recruitment selection for members of the House of Representatives (DPR) specifically from the indigenous community in the area.

Head of West Papua National and Political Unity (Kesbangpol) Albert Nakoh in Manokwari, Friday, said that the customary deliberations had now taken place in their respective indigenous territories, including the Manokwari Raya, Sorong Raya and Bintuni Raya regions.

Manokwari Raya covers Manokwari Regency, Arfak Mountains and South Manokwari, Sorong Raya covering Sorong City, Sorong Regency, South Sorong, Raja Ampat, Tambraow and Maybrat and Bintuni Raya covering Bintuni Bay District, Wondama Bay, Fakfak and Kaimana.

“The division is based on the number of electoral districts in the General Elections. Some have conducted customary deliberations,” said Albert Nakoh.

He explained, the deadline for customary deliberations will take place until April while awaiting the establishment of a special regional regulation draft (Raperdasus) concerning the deployment of members of the DPR from the special autonomy pathway. The formation of the regulation has now entered the final stage in the West Papua Parliament.

“We hope that if the Perdasus has been ratified, the names of the customary deliberations have already taken place so that they can just follow the selection,” Nakoh said, adding that in this appointment each district could prepare each of the four people to take part in the selection.

The selection team, he continued, was immediately formed, one representative from the House of Representatives, one from the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP), one from the regional government as well as representatives from the Attorney General’s Office and the Police each one.

According to him, the involvement of law enforcement officers aims to guard so that this selection runs smoothly and is free from various forms of lawlessness.

“And from the very beginning we conveyed that this selection does not apply to party cadres or administrators. At least in the last five years he has not been registered as a political party cadre or administrator,” he said again.

Indigenous people with the status of civil servants (PNS), he said, must leave their employee status if they want to take part in the selection of special DPR members.

Regarding the special DPR seat quota, he explained, the seat allocation for them was 1/4 of the total seats resulting from the election or between 11 and 12 people.

“The exact numbers we are waiting for are the new Perdasus. It will soon be approved by the House of Representatives,” he concluded.


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