Conducting Elections Abroad is Conducive

Conducting Elections Abroad is Conducive

The Riyadh Overseas Election Committee (PPLN) held the 2024 Election at the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh on February 9 2024. (BP/Ant)

JAKARTA, – The implementation of Indonesian elections abroad is running conducive, although there are several problems. This was stated by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lalu Muhamad Iqbal.

However, he said, this problem could be resolved properly by the foreign election committee (PPLN) in each country.

“As far as we can see, everything is going well. “There are problems that arise here and there, but with the support of Indonesian representatives, PPLN in each country can solve the problems well,” said Iqbal via short message, quoted from the Antara news agency, Monday (12/2).

Iqbal admitted that holding Indonesian elections abroad was not easy because they had to respect local laws and regulations.

For this reason, support and facilitation by Indonesian representatives abroad is very much needed. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Indonesian representatives are not the organizers, but as a form of moral responsibility, the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Retno Marsudi) asked all Indonesian representatives to monitor and support the success of elections (for Indonesian citizens) abroad,” he said.

Chairman of the Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU) Hasyim Asy’ari also said that overseas voting went well and smoothly so that all voters could be served their voting rights.

“Thank God, reports show that overseas voting went well and smoothly, and indeed the one that is of concern is Kuala Lumpur, then Jeddah. And thank God, everything went smoothly,” said Hasyim after reviewing the voting process in Kuala Lumpur, Sunday (11/2).

The KPU will look into the situation. If anything is found to be unprocedural during the voting, it will be checked. If something needs to be fixed, said Hasyim, it will be fixed.

Voting abroad takes place earlier than the voting schedule in Indonesia, and is adjusted to the situation in each country.

However, the vote counting was carried out at the same time as the domestic vote count, starting on February 14. (Kmb/Balipost)


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