Jakarta (ANTARA) - Eligible voters in Brunei Darussalam will be able to cast their ballot for this year's general elections through the postal services on February 10, 2024, or at voting booths on February 11.

The head of Bandar Seri Begawan's Overseas Election Committee (PPLN), Ahmad Dhofir, conveyed this information to ANTARA when contacted from Jakarta on Monday.

The chosen voting date has been approved by Indonesia's General Elections Commission (KPU) considering Indonesian migrant workers' situation in Brunei, he said.

Though the voting day has been scheduled much earlier than in Indonesia, all ballot papers that the voters cast that day will be counted by the Overseas Polling Station Working Committee (KPPSLN) on February 14.

The number of eligible voters registered in Bandar Seri Begawan's final voting list (DPT) reached 19,179 as of June 21, 2023.

The voters reside in the areas of Brunei Muara, Tutong, Temburong, and Kuala Belait, he informed, adding that the PPLN personnel are disseminating information on the 2024 general elections on social media platforms and at gatherings.

The 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 from November 28, 2023, to February 10, 2024, for the three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates.

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 decided to organize 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 round took place on January 7, 2024, while the fourth and fifth rounds will be held on January 21 and February 4, respectively.

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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