Election Box Holds Loads Up to 90 Kg

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Reporter: Firmansyah
Lawawi

COMMISSION Of General Elections (KPU) guarantees the quality
of election boxes that will be used in the 2019 Election. Although it is made
from cardboard or waterproof carton, the ballot box can hold loads up to 90
kilograms (kg).

Head of Palu KPU Agusalim Wahid said that the
power of the ballot box had been tested. His endurance has also been carefully
calculated.

“In terms of strength, a strong load of 80-90
kilograms is not dented. Any stacked will also not be denied, because usually
the boxes are stacked 4 or 5 boxes above it is not a problem,” said
Agusalim, in Palu on Wednesday (9/1 / 2019).

He explained the ballot boxes in 2019 elections
were made from a waterproof carton. With the estimation entered by the ballot,
the box load can reach 10.5 kg. The voice box is able to hold loads even if
stacked up to 5 boxes.

In addition, the duplex material is also resistant
to water splashes. Because the language is specially made. Not like the cardboard
material that has been known so far.

“The use of duplex material as a ballot box
is regulated in PKPU Number 7 of 2018. Mentioning that the use of ballot boxes,
using waterproof carton material, and one of the sides is transparent. ,
“Agusalim explained.

The mechanism of packing the ballot box according
to Agusalim, after assembly, the ballot papers were then entered into the
place. After that, it will be sealed using a tis cable with a limited KPU logo,
and not available elsewhere. Before being distributed to TPS, or vice versa,
the ballot box is first wrapped in plastic.

“Talking about the security of the ballot
box, not only the type of material used. The point is the integrity of the
organizers. It includes supervision from Bawaslu, security from the TNI and
Polri, community participation. At present, the public doubts the security of
using the ballot box,” he admitted

Likewise, Chairman of the Central Sulawesi KPU,
Tanwir Lamaming said the resilience of the material for the ballot box was
impermeable to water. This means that it is submerged in water for a short
period of time, will not be damaged.

By him, to better maintain the security of the
ballot box, it is wrapped in plastic. “Before the ballot is entered into
the ballot box. First wrapped in plastic. Then the sound box is also like
that,” he said.

So, said Tanwir, there were several layers of
security from the ballot box in the distribution. “When compared to other
cardboard materials, the quality is very different. Besides being able to withstand
the load, the material is also impermeable to splashing water. Because the
language has fiber like a candle,” he said

The election box made from waterproof carton reaps
controversy. Some people doubt the quality of the ballot box. Gerindra Party
Secretary-General Ahmad Muzani, for example, proposed that the KPU replace the
ballot boxes made of cardboard. He worried that the box would be easily
damaged.

But this concern was pushed aside by the KPU. The
election organizer ensures the strength of the box is equivalent to aluminum.

KPU Chairman Arief Budiman previously revealed
that the use of cardboard-based ballot boxes is not new in the administration
of elections. According to him, the box made from waterproof carton has been
used in the 2014 presidential election and three times of the election. **

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