Jakarta (ANTARA) - Election observer Titi Anggraini has asked all parties to anticipate any election fraud perpetrated by election organizers who have the resources and authority to do so during the 2024 General Elections.

At a discussion held by the Institute for Educational Research and Economic and Social Information (LP3ES) here on Tuesday, she explained that given their resources and authority, election organizers could abuse their power.

"The Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found that 13.6 percent of respondents thought that election organizers were one of the parties that had the potential to commit fraud in the 2024 General Elections," Anggraini said.

Four percent of the respondents thought regional governments could potentially commit fraud, and 2.9 percent believed the central government could indulge in it, she added.

She noted that the survey results must serve as an alarm on the importance of neutrality among state officials, such as security officials, bureaucratic officials, law enforcement officials, and election organizers ahead of next year's elections.

The observer underlined that officials who are not neutral would not only ruin the principles of democratic election and cause dissatisfaction against election processes, but would also bring about horizontal conflicts between supporters.

Furthermore, she said that this will affect the government's performance, and make it seem ineffective due to issues related to legitimacy.

Therefore, she expressed the hope that the civil society and academics would strengthen solidarity to report violations related to the neutrality of the authorities.

Indonesia will hold the general elections on February 14, 2024, with the participation of around 204.8 million voters.

During the elections, Indonesians will elect a president and vice president as well as members of the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), and Regional Legislative Councils (DPRD) at the province, city, and district levels.

Three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates are contesting the elections — Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar, Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD.

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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