77.5% Voter Turnout Expected in Upcoming Elections
Date 9 April 2019
The General Election Commission (KPU) and the Government have set a target for voter turnout in the upcoming election to be 77.5%, in accordance with the National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN).
To achieve the target, Ministry of Home Affairs continues to intensify the dissemination of information regarding the elections. In addition to holding a National Coordination Meeting for regional heads, sub-district heads and village heads as a means of dissemination and preparation for elections, advertisement of the elections has also been intensified to increase knowledge and voter participation.
Head of the Information Center of Ministry of Home Affairs Bahtiar said that the information about the elections is important for first-time voters and millennial voters due to their limited exposure to the election procedures.
“Young voters, who are about to vote in the 2019 elections, have limited knowledge on the ballots and casting vote procedures,” he said in Jakarta (8/4).
Bahtiar went on to say that intense and massive dissemination of information regarding the elections for first-time voters is part of political education to create rational and intelligent voters to elect the best leaders.
“The dissemination should be conducted in all regions, in all sub-districts, both by NGOs, the KPU or other community organizations. Do not let our first-time voters lose their voting rights because of ignorance or lack of information,” he said.
Ministry of Home Affairs also takes several other measures to increase the voter participation, to invite all Indonesian people to exercise their constitutional right to vote and to achieve successful elections. (Puspen Kemendagri/EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Mia Medyana