Indonesia's missions ready to support 2024 elections abroad

Indonesia's missions ready to support 2024 elections abroad

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lalu Muhamad Iqbal (center), at a press conference in Jakarta on Friday (September 29, 2023). (ANTARA/Yashinta Difa)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs ensured that Indonesia's diplomatic missions abroad are ready to support the implementation of the 2024 General Elections.

The ministry's spokesperson, Lalu Muhamad Iqbal, explained that the first role of Indonesian Embassies (KBRI), Indonesian Consulate Generals (KJRI), and Indonesian Consulates (KRI) in various countries is preparing the overseas voters roll (DPTLN).

"The most complete initial data of Indonesians abroad is in each mission, and that data becomes the basis for creating the DPTLN," he noted at a press conference here on Friday.

According to Iqbal, the overseas voters' roll for the 2024 General Elections had been submitted to the General Elections Commission (KPU) on September 14, 2022.

After completing the data, the Indonesian missions also facilitated the formation of Overseas Election Committees (PPLN) that consist of Indonesians abroad.

"In some missions, there are also mission staff, who become PPLN (members) due to many reasons, such as being proposed by the Indonesian people or because there are no more Indonesian people there, except those who live in the mission environment," he explained.

"All PPLN have offices at Indonesian missions abroad," he remarked.

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In addition, Indonesian missions help regarding the matters of licensing with the local government for organizing political activities related to next year's elections.

Iqbal did not deny the fact that in several countries, political activities related to the 2024 elections cannot be held at the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate General but must use public spaces, such as hotels and schools, and therefore, require permission from the local government.

Iqbal further noted that the mechanism of coordination between his ministry and the KPU had been built since early this year, namely in the form of a coordination forum that is tasked with supporting the implementation of elections abroad.

The 2024 General Elections are scheduled to be held on February 14, 2024, with around 204.8 million voters. The number of voters also includes 1,750,474 Indonesians living abroad recorded in 128 PPLN.

In the elections, Indonesians will vote to elect a president and vice president for the 2024-2029 term.

In addition, Indonesians will vote for members of the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representative Council (DPD), and the Regional Legislative Councils (DPRD) at the province, city, and district levels.

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