Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Port Numbay Evangelical Christian Church (GKI) synod's classis working body has appealed to members of its congregations in Papua to go to polling stations on February 14, 2024, to cast their vote.

"We call on all members of our congregations who have registered to vote in Papua to go to polling stations on February 14," head of the GKI synod's classis working body in Port Numbay, priest Adris Tjoe, said.

Speaking in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, on Tuesday, Tjoe remarked that the congregation members who exercise their voting right will be considered to have met God's mandate to create collective welfare for mankind.

"Therefore, we all are able to cast our votes, and may God lead us to electing the best people who care for common interests," he said while urging congregation members to report electoral fraud.

"If our members of congregations find electoral frauds during the voting process, please report them to those responsible for following up on the reported findings," he added.

ANTARA has reported earlier that the KPU has declared that a total of 204,807,222 voters have been registered on the final voter list for the 2024 General Elections.

The KPU has also announced that the presidential and parliamentary elections will be held simultaneously across Indonesia on February 14.

The commission has set a 75-day election campaign period for the three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates from November 28, 2023, to February 10, 2024.

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 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 round took place on January 7, 2024, while the fourth and fifth rounds were held on January 21 and February 4, respectively.

The three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates contesting the presidential election are 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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