Gov’t Removes Foreign Citizens from Voters List

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 28 Maret 2019
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28 maretThe General Elections Commission (KPU), the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and Ministry of Home Affairs have removed foreign citizens from final voters list (DPT) of the April’s election, Director General of Population and Civil Registration Agency of Ministry of Home Affairs Arif Zudan Fakhrullah has said.

He also denied the rumor saying that millions of foreigners living in Indonesia have electronic ID cards (e-ID). “Based on data, only 1,680 foreign citizens have the e-IDs,” Arif said during National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) on National Awareness Enhancement for 2019 General Election, in Jakarta, Wednesday (27/3).

He went on to say that the provision for owning an e-ID for foreigners is stipulated in Minister of Home Affairs Regulation Number 88 of 1977.

“The Law has been enacted since 1977,” Arif added.

Thus, he expressed hope that the officials assigned at the polling stations (TPS) to carefully examine every ID during election day so that there will be no foreigners cast a vote.

To date, Arif continued, there are 97.8 percent or approximately 188 million residents have their data recorded for e-ID. The remaining number or around 4 million citizens that still have not recorded their data mostly located in Papua and West Papua, he added.

He also reminded to anticipate the possibility of allowing citizens to vote by using other documents instead of e-ID, as stipulated by the Constitutional Court (MK) on Thursday (28/3).  According to data, there are around 2.8 million citizens who have had multiple identity cards.

“This must be anticipated because plenty of voters have multiple IDs. For example, those who have 4 houses may also have 4 family cards and IDs,” Arif said, while hoping that the MK will decide only citizens registered with e-ID are allowed to vote. (PR Division of Ministry of Home Affairs/ES)



Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Edited by: Estu Widyamurti/Mia Medyana

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