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Indonesians to elect their next president tomorrow

JAKARTA, Indonesian voters will go to the polls tomorrow to elect the president of world’s third-biggest democracy.

More than 192 million Indonesians or 192,828,520 people are eligible to choose the country’s president for the 2019-2024 term.

The country’s General Elections Commission Arief Budiman said more than 780,000 polling stations would be opened nationwide from 7 am to 1 pm tomorrow.

This is the first time that Indonesia is holding presidential, parliamentary and local elections on the same day.

A total of 711 seats are at stake in Indonesia’s two-house People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), namely 575 seats in the People’s Representative Council (DPR) and 136 seats in the Regional Representative Council (DPD).

Also open for contention are more than 19,500 seats in over 2,000 regional, municipal and regency legislative council electoral districts.

In the presidential election, incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo (known as Jokowi), will run for re-election with one of the most influential Muslim figures in Indonesia, Ma’ruf Amin, as his running mate against former army general Prabowo Subianto, and former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno, for the five-year term.

Jokowi, 57, is scheduled to cast his ballot at TPS 008 in Jalan Veteran Raya, Central Jakarta while Ma’ruf, 76, at TPS 051, Jalan Deli Lorong 27, Koja, North Jakarta.

Prabowo, 57, is scheduled to vote at TPS 041, Kp. Curug 02/09, Desa Bojong Koneng, Babakan Madang in Bogor, while Sandiaga, 49, at TPS 002 Jalan Sriwijaya 2 Belakang SMK 15 Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

“This is (among) the world’s biggest one-day elections. Indonesia is also the third-biggest democracy behind the United States and India as well as the most complex democracy based on the territorial size, geography, and election organisers involved, said Arief.

Following are the key dates for the general election:

(i). April 17, 2019: Polling Day

(ii). April 25 – May 22, 2019: Progressive release of election results

(iii). Oct 1, 2019: Inauguration of lawmakers

(iv). Oct 20, 2019: Inauguration of Indonesia’s new president and vice-president.

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia today rejected applications by several media outlets and election results survey bodies in Indonesia to publish unofficial results of the elections.

Chief Justice Anwar Usman said the ‘quick count’ could only be done two hours after the polling stations in western Indonesia were closed.

“This is because, the polling process in certain regions would not have completed, as the time difference between the western and eastern regions is one hour, the preliminary results are feared to affect the voting process in certain areas where it is still in progress,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

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