Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo on Tuesday declared Election Day, February 14, 2024, as a national holiday through a presidential decision.

According to information accessed on the Presidential Secretariat's official website from here, Presidential Decision No. 10 of 2024 on Voting Day of the 2024 General Election as National Holiday will serve as the legal basis for the declaration.

The presidential decision has been enacted on account of several considerations. The first one is that a national holiday would help Indonesian nationals exercise their voting rights on election day.

The regulation also considered Article 167 (3) of the Election Law, which states that voting should take place on a holiday, and General Elections Commission (KPU) Regulation No. 3 of 2022 declaring February 14, 2024, as voting day.

In view of those considerations, a presidential decision was required to declare February 14 as a national holiday, according to the law.

On February 14, Indonesian voters will decide the presidential and vice presidential pair who will succeed Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin for the 2024–2029 term. Widodo is ineligible to contest the election due to term limits.

The three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates in the fray for the 2024 presidential election are Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar, Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD.

Voters will also vote for legislative candidates for the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), as well as regional legislatures (DPRD) at the province, city, and district levels.

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