TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - 192 million Indonesians will be ready to participate in the Indonesia election on Wednesday, April 17, to cast their votes for a future leader that will determine the country’s fate for the next five years.
The stark difference in this year’s election compared to past elections is that people will not only vote for a president and vice president but also simultaneously vote for members of the House of Representatives (DPR RI), Regional Representative Council (DPD), Provincial council and district-level legislators.
Here are the procedures voters once they arrive at a voting ballot (TPS):
- Confirm one’s registration in the final voter's list or DPT
An Indonesian is only eligible to cast their vote in the election if they are listed in the final voter's list. There are two ways to confirm this, firstly is the C6 form that will be sent to voter’s address which also contains information on the location of an individual’s TPS.
Another way is to check one’s data to confirm that it is listed in the DPT via the government’s official General Elections Commission (KPU) website lindungihakpilihmu.kpu.go.id. Once every requirement is fulfilled, they only need to hand an ID card together with the C6 form to election committee members at each voting ballot.
- Time limit at each voting ballots
Each TPS are limited to serve voters from 07:00 up to 13:00, added by the fact that each person will be handed five forms to cast their votes, it will surely be slightly hectic in voting ballots.
- Voting ballots sterile from any form of political campaign attributes
SKPU’s Decree Article 276 No.7/2017 mandates that election day constitutes as a pre-election silence day that bans any form of campaign, especially at voting ballots. Attributes include shirts that have symbols of support for candidates.
Posting a person’s presidential choice in social media is definitely a no-no.
- Reject any form of money politics, commonly known as “Serangan Fajar”
Article 515 UU No.7/2017 bars voters from influencing a person’s personal decision by bribery. Any activity considered as money politics is definitely banned and legally punishable up to 3-years imprisonment.
- A voter should know who to vote for
This is an obvious one but can prove to create a long queue at voting ballots if a person takes too long to decide who to vote.
IQBAL TAWAKAL LAZUARDI (CONTRIBUTOR)