Jakarta: General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Arief Budiman has reiterated that accredited election observers are allowed to monitor the upcoming simultaneous general elections.
"Previously, the accreditation was given by KPU. This year, the authority was moved to Bawaslu (the Elections Supervisory Board)," Arief told the press on Tuesday.
This year, KPU invited election agencies from 33 foreign countries to witness the elections. In addition to that, the agency also invited 11 international election observers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to monitor the election process.
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"They will visit several polling stations. They then will give their thoughts and views," Arief remarked.
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 incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo 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.