Voter Turnout Reaches 80.90 Percent, Minister Says

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 18 April 2019
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Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, accompanied by a number of officials from the National Police, deliver a press statement, at the Office of the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Jakarta, Thursday (18/4). (Photo by: KemenkoPolhukam PR)

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, accompanied by a number of officials from the National Police, deliver a press statement, at the Office of the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Jakarta, Thursday (18/4). (Photo by: KemenkoPolhukam PR)

Voter turnout in the Legislative and Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections on Wednesday (17/4) reached 80.90 percent, exceeding the targets set in the 2015-2019 National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) of 77.5 percent, according to Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto.

“This shows that the President-elect will have a high legitimacy,” Wiranto told reporters after chairing a post-election coordination meeting at the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs’ Office, Jakarta, Thursday (18/4).

Wiranto surmised that the simultaneous elections had been running in a safe, order, smooth, and peaceful manner thanks to the participation of all stakeholders including the voters, the Government, the Election Organizers, the Indonesian National Police (Polri) and the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI).

“We would like to extend our highest appreciation and gratitude to all parties. We hope this can continue until the final stages of the 2019 simultaneous elections are completed,” Wiranto said, while reiterating that the TNI and Polri remain neutral and do not take sides.

On that occasion, Wiranto also mentioned that the TNI and Polri remain united in facing the possibility of various threats that may disrupt national security, unity, and integrity.

To that end, Wiranto called on all parties to adhere to the Presidential Candidates’ appeal to maintain unity and integrity of the nation, to keep peace, and to refrain from any provocative actions that will obviously disrupt the security and order of the people as well as to respect the elections’ final stage which is under way carried out by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

He also called on the public to remain calm and not to take anarchic actions that violate the laws and while waiting for the official results of the vote released by the KPU. (Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, & Security Affairs PR/ES) 

Translated by: Muhardi

Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas

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