KPU Goes to Campus held to educate young first-time voters

KPU Goes to Campus held to educate young first-time voters

The General Elections Commission (KPU) held a talk show to educate young first-time voters in Jakarta, some time ago. (ANTARA/HO - KPU DKI Jakarta)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The General Elections Commission (KPU) held a talk show on a campus in Jakarta to educate first-time and young voters to participate in the 2024 General Elections, as part of KPU Goes to Campus.

The activity was part of the KPU's educational program called KPU Goes to Campus, School, and Pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) to increase voters' participation in the elections held once in five years.

In a press release of the Jakarta KPU received here on Friday, Head of Voters' Education of KPU Arif Ma'ruf expressed hope that college students would become the agents of change, as they have the awareness, sensitivity, care, and imagination.

Through these qualities, Ma'ruf affirmed that college students have a major responsibility to make better changes for the nation.

In this case, youngsters need to make changes that benefit them, their parents, their friends, the environment, and the country, according to Ma'ruf.

Meanwhile, Jakarta KPU's Head of Data and Information, Fahmi Zikrillah, stated that the elections serve as the "platform of people's sovereignty."

He cited Law No. 7 of 2017, which stipulates that there are three election organizing institutions, namely the KPU, the General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), and the Election Organizing Honorary Council (DKPP).

"The KPU prepares the election candidates, the list of voters, the logistics, and technical matters," Zikrillah stated.

Meanwhile, he explained that Bawaslu oversees all stages of the elections that have been prepared, while the DKPP examines and handles complaints and reports of alleged violations of the code of ethics committed by the KPU and Bawaslu.

He highlighted that the KPU had listed as many as 204,807,222 people on the final voter list (DPT) for next year's elections. Most voters are millennials and Gen Zs that accounted for 56.45 percent of the total DPT. 

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