Jakarta: The National Indigenous Peoples' Council has encouraged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to declare July 12 as the National Indigenous Peoples' Day.
"It is the birthday of the council," National Indigenous Peoples' Council chairman Irmannul Latubual said here on Wednesday.
"The organization was established in Demak on July 12, 1912," he added.
The group visited the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) headquarters in Jakarta earlier today. They discussed about various issues with PDIP officials during the meeting.
Irmannul said that the organization will support President Jokowi's re-election bid. He believes that the current administration can improve the livelihoods of indigenous peoples.
"We will conduct an academic study regarding the issue," PDIP secretary general Hasto Kristiyanto told reporters after the meeting.
"We and National Indigenous Peoples' Council leaders then will submit the proposal to the president," the PDIP politician added.
Indonesia will hold the 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 KPU, more than 190 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.