Jakarta: Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto has dismissed rumors of an exodus of Indonesian citizens abroad ahead of the upcoming elections.
Wiranto led a video conference of Final Preparedness Coordination Meeting of the 2019 General Elections Security at the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, in Jakarta on Monday.
“The weekly graph shows that there is no surge of Indonesian people going or coming from abroad,” Cabinet Secretary's website quoted Wiranto as saying.
According to him, there are a total of approximately 70 thousand Indonesian citizens who are going abroad and there are 74 thousand Indonesian citizens who return to the country.
This means, the people are eager and enthusiastic to cast their votes in the upcoming elections.
“The public does not need to be afraid and worried because the police, assisted by the TNI (Indonesian National Armed Forces), will guard the elections,” Wiranto said.
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 General Elections Commission (KPU), as many as 192 million people will be eligible to vote this year. In the meantime, more than 800 thousand polling stations will be established across the country.
According to reports, the polling stations will be guarded by 270 thousand police officers and 70 thousand military personnel. In addition to that, police and military will be assisted by 1.6 million community protection (linmas) officers.
This year, 16 national political parties will participate on a national level. In the meantime, Four local political parties will only participate in Aceh province.
Similar with 2014, the 2019 presidential will be contested by Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto. Five years ago, Jokowi won 53 percent of the votes against Prabowo.