Jakarta: The General Elections Commission (KPU) has revealed that the 2019 simultaneous general and presidential elections will be monitored by election agencies from 33 countries.
"We will invite election agencies from 33 countries," KPU commissioner Pramono Ubaid Tanthowi said here on Monday.
"We will also invite 11 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international election observers," the KPU commissioner noted.
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The representatives of foreign election agencies and international election observers will visit the country from April 15 until April 18. They will visit a number of polling stations on the voting day.
Indonesia will hold its first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters will elect the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
According to the official data, as many as 192 million people will be eligible to vote this year. In addition to that, around 800 thousand polling stations will be opened on the voting day.
In the 2009 general elections, the participation rate stood at 71 percent. Five years later, the participation rate rose to 74 percent.
A recent survey from Roy Morgan shows that the incumbent is set for a comfortable re-election in April’s Presidential Election. This Morgan Poll on Indonesian Presidential and Parliamentary voting intention was conducted in January 2019 with an Indonesian-wide cross-section of 1,039 electors aged 17 or more and in December 2018 with an Indonesian-wide cross-section of 1,045 electors aged 17 or more.
According to the survey, the incumbent had the support of 58% of electors in January. It was up by 5% from the 2014 Indonesian Presidential Election.
On the other hand, opposition leader Prabowo Subianto had the support of 42% of electors in January. It was down 5% from the previous presidential election.