The General Election was over, and the residents
of Semen Gresik housing complex in Tuban, as good citizens of their
country, did not forget to participate in the five-year expected
democratic party. There two TPS (polling stations) prepared at Semurung
housing complex of Tuban; polling station no. 14 at the eastern side of
the housing complex with 313 registered voters based on the permanent
voter list (DPT) and the other one at the western side of the complex
with 334 voters registered.
In spite of the different system adopted for this General Election or
Legislative General Election compared to the previous ones; “ticking”
not “punching”, the residents of Semen Gresik housing complex did not
seem to encounter any significant problem with the change. What
seemingly caused some confusion among the residents was the ballot
paper itself which had to be ticked, since the 44 competing parties
made the size become quite large.
The excessive number of the competing parties actually made the voters
there a little confused. Some of the voters admitted their confusion
after they walked out of the polling booths. On the opportunity, Gapura
happened to interview some voters at the polling station nearby, and
the interviewed voters admitted that they had been confused about how
to unfold and refold the ballot papers. “Well, you know it was a bit
difficult because the ballot papers were too large. So that, we had
some difficulties to refold the papers,” said a number of house-mothers
as they were walking out of the polling booths while commenting on the
ticked ballot papers.
However, Sugianto, Committee Chairman of the polling station of the
east-side of the complex and M Anwar Shodiq, Committee Chairman of the
west-side poll stated here Monday 13th, 2009 that the security
situation during and after the poll was quite good, no significant
disruptions were encountered. “Despite some disagreement on the
excessive number of the ballots, we managed to solve this problem in a
good way,” Sugianto added.
Concerning poll percentage gained by the competing parties at Semen
Gresik housing complex polling stations, either the east-side poll or
the west-side one, Both Sugianto and M Anwar Shodiq did not state the
exact number. “Well, I forget already because the data was directly
delivered to Kecamatan (sub-district),” said Mr. Abreng, the nick-name
of M Anwar Shodiq.
Speaking about the participation of the residents of Semen Gresik
housing complex in Tuban, Sugianto stated that only 168 out of 313
permanent voters registered at the pooling station of the eastern side
of housing complex and 188 out of 334 permanent voters registered at
the west-side pooling station came to vote their ballots. That is what
we call “democracy”, ‘Five Minute for Five Year’, said one of the
lyrics of ‘Coklat’ band group song.
The same thing happened at Semen Gresik housing complex in Gresik; the
residents were also taking part in the celebration of the so-called
democracy party of Indonesia. In this residential area, they prepared 4
polling stations spreading at three different places; polling station
no. 01 at Kebun Bocah housing complex, polling station no, 02 at Wisma
A Yani multi-function hall and 2 polling stations no. 17 & 18
located at Tubanan housing complex.
Being proud to be citizens who obey the laws and care about the future
of their country, Semen Gresik housing complex residents looked so
enthusiastic to liven up this 5-year basis agenda. Almost 100%
registered permanently voters came to vote their ballots for their
legislative member candidates who would work for them at the House of
Just like in other places, the big number of parties, legislator
candidates and the large-sized ballot papers mad the voters have some
problems choosing their candidates. Consequently, the polling process
alone was going quite slow.