KPU guarantees voting rights for overseas citizens
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Ferry Kurnia Rizkiyansyah said the commission would accommodate Indonesian citizens working abroad who wished to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
However, he said, there were a few requirements that those who had not registered in final voter lists (DPT) or special voter lists (DPK), would have to meet.
'In principle, all Indonesian citizens, wherever they live, should be able to cast their votes,' said Ferry in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.
He said both Indonesian citizens and migrant workers would be accommodated if they were registered both at DPT and DPK.
Ferry added that unregistered persons wishing to vote could still cast ballots under the existing regulations.
'One of the requirements is that they have to come to polling stations two hours before the balloting process kicks off to anticipate the availability of ballot papers,' he said.
He added that the KPU had applied a procedure to ensure that the ballot papers that were reserved for those already registered in the DPT and DPK lists were not used by those whom had not yet registered to vote.
'They [unregistered voters] can still cast their votes, but they must first register two hours before the balloting process begins,' Ferry said, adding that the procedure was based on a Constitutional Court regulation.
The KPU has registered 188.26 million domestic voters and 2.03 million voters overseas for the 2014 presidential election. There will be 478,883 polling stations set up in regions across the country and 498 overseas. (fss/ebf)
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