Indonesia: Displaced Ahmadiyah in Mataram cast votes

Source: thejakartapost.com

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Casting a ballot: An Ahmadiyah refugee from the Wisma Transito shelter in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, casts his ballot at a polling station near the shelter, closely monitored by the National Commission on Human Rights, on voting day for the legislative election on Wednesday. (JP/Panca Nugraha)

Casting a ballot: An Ahmadiyah refugee from the Wisma Transito shelter in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, casts his ballot at a polling station near the shelter, closely monitored by the National Commission on Human Rights, on voting day for the legislative election on Wednesday. (JP/Panca Nugraha)

Seventy-one displaced Ahmadiyah at Wisma Transito in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, cast their votes for the legislative election at polling stations (TPS) near the shelter on Wednesday.

An election observation team from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) monitored the voting.

Halimah, 42, an Ahmadi staying at Wisma Transito, and her daughter, Natasha Januari Saputri, 6, arrived at the TPS 21 in Majeluk, Pejanggik subdistrict, Mataram, which is located across from the shelter, at 7 a.m. local time on Wednesday. She joined dozens of other displaced Ahmadis lined up to vote.

“We hope our representatives in the legislature can fight for our future. We have spent eight years in this shelter. We want a better place to live, or to return home,” Halimah told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

The 71 voters are among 133 Ahmadis living at Wisma Transito after being evicted from their village in Lingsar district, West Lombok, in February 2006.

Most of the Ahmadis put high hopes on the legislative candidates they voted for. As most voters in Indonesia, Halimah said she was not familiar with legislative candidates for whom she voted.

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