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ENSURING YOUR VOTE COUNTS: A GUIDE TO THE INDONESIAN ELECTION PROCESS

Empowering tomorrow: A call to action for young voters in the Indonesian election

15.12.2023
BY YUKE RATNA
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As the upcoming Presidential Election in Indonesia approaches, voters are gearing up to exercise their democratic right. Understanding the process is crucial, and here is a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through the voting procedures.

How to Vote: "Mencoblos" the Indonesian Way

In Indonesia, the process of voting, as outlined in Article 353, Paragraph 1 of Law Number 7 of 2017 concerning General Elections, involves "mencoblos" or marking the ballot. Voters are required to cast their vote by marking a single choice on the ballot paper, either for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates or the political party symbol. The voting will take place on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, from 07:00 to 13:00 local time at the designated polling stations.

Eligibility and Requirements for Voting

Registered voters in the Permanent Voters List (DPT) will receive a Notification Letter, which they should bring along with their electronic ID card (KTP elektronik) to the polling station. Presenting these documents to the Polling Station Officers (KPPS) grants voters the right to receive and cast their ballots.

Voting from Afar: A Solution for Overseas Indonesian Citizens

Indonesian citizens residing abroad who are unable to reach the Overseas Polling Stations (TPSLN) have the option of voting by mail. This process involves marking the ballot and sending it via postal mail to the Overseas Election Committee (PPLN).

Voting Options for Overseas Indonesians

For overseas Indonesian citizens, the General Election Commission (KPU) collaborates with the Overseas Election Committee (PPLN), offering three voting options: voting at the Overseas Polling Stations (TPSLN), using the Mobile Ballot Box (Kotak Suara Keliling or KSK), or voting by mail. While TPSLN is set up in central locations for Indonesians abroad, those in remote areas can send their marked ballots to the PPLN through postal services. Overseas voting, also known as early voting, takes place before the domestic election, but the counting and tallying occur simultaneously.

Absentee Voting and Proxy Voting Clarified

In the context of Indonesian elections, the concept of Absentee Voting only applies to overseas Indonesian citizens using the Mobile Ballot Box (KSK) and postal voting through the PPLN. However, the principle of Proxy Voting does not exist in the Indonesian electoral system. The elections in Indonesia are guided by the principles of Direct, General, Free, Secret, Honest, and Fair voting, meaning voters must cast their own ballots.

While Proxy Voting is not allowed, the KPU facilitates the "pindah memilih" mechanism for voters who cannot return to their hometowns, ensuring that every eligible Indonesian voter can participate in the democratic process. As the nation gears up for the election, understanding these procedures is essential to make your vote count and contribute to the democratic future of Indonesia.

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