Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian embassy in The Hague disclosed on Wednesday that it is using several social media platforms to disseminate information on the 2024 General Elections to Indonesian citizens residing in the Netherlands.

Currently, at least 15 thousand Indonesians live in the Netherlands, and 13 thousand of them are registered in the final voter list (DPT), the embassy's spokesperson, F.X.Widiyarso, said on Wednesday.

Besides using social media platforms, the embassy officials are also disseminating information on the elections at various events, including those organized by members of the Indonesian diaspora, he added.

The information dissemination is part of the embassy's efforts to assist the work of the Overseas Election Committee (PPLN) and Supervisory Elections Committee (Panwaslu), he said.

Regarding the voting day, Widiyarso, counselor for social, cultural, and information affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague, said eligible voters would cast their votes on February 10, 2024.

The embassy has set the date by considering that it is a holiday in the Netherlands so all eligible Indonesian voters would hopefully be able to come to the voting booths, he said.

Due to winter conditions, the voting booths would be set up inside a building that can accommodate 15 thousand people, he informed, adding that the embassy is still looking for an appropriate building that could be used for voting day.

Regarding the eligible voters residing in rural areas in the Netherlands, the embassy will ensure that they are able to cast their votes, he added.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced that the presidential and parliamentary elections will be held simultaneously across Indonesia on February 14.

The commission has officially set a 75-day election campaign period for the three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates: from November 28 this year to February 10 next year.

All participating political parties and presidential contenders have pledged to conduct peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections.

As part of its efforts to make voters aware of the three candidate pairs' political pledges, the commission has organized five rounds of debates ahead of the presidential election.

The first and second rounds were held on December 12 and December 22, 2023. The third and fourth rounds will take place on January 7 and January 21, 2024, and the fifth round will be held on February 4.

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

Baswedan and Iskandar have been nominated with the support of the NasDem Party, National Awakening Party (PKB), Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), and Ummat Party.

Meanwhile, Subianto and Raka have the backing of the Gerindra Party and a coalition of parties, including Golkar, National Mandate Party (PAN), Democratic Party, and Gelora Party.

Pranowo and Mahfud have the support of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), United Development Party, Perindo Party, and Hanura Party.

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