"But we cannot expect much from this "protection" as the country still lacks police numbers and we still do not have a law on witnesses protection," KIPP coordinator Ray Rangkuti said over the weekend.
Indonesia is scheduled to hold legislative elections in April 2004, and two-phased direct presidential elections in July and September respectively. The National Elections Commission
(KPU) complained earlier that no one came forward to report alleged document forgeries by individuals aspiring for seats in the Regional Representative Council
planned to establish crisis centers in every province to protect and conceal the identities of those who came forward to report such violations.
According to him, for their own security people are not expected to disclose their identities when filing a report to KIPP
at crisis centers. He
said KIPP volunteers would then investigate the report.Should the case be brought to court they will also testify at the court along with Panwaslu
"It is part of our efforts to optimize our monitoring role of the elections," he
predicted that violations would be rampant during both legislative and presidential elections and during the ballot counting.