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Jakarta Post

Jakarta aims to increase voter turnout in 2019 general election

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 24, 2018   /   05:13 pm
Jakarta aims to increase voter turnout in 2019 general election A man checks the final voter list for the 2019 general election in Kebon Melati, Central Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan )

The Jakarta administration has set a target for voter turnout in the capital in the 2019 general election to be more than 76 percent, the turnout of the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial elections.

“We targeted the participation of voters to be more than 76 percent, because during the election in 2017, it was 76 percent. So it should be more than that now,” Jakarta National and Political Unity office acting head Taufan Bakri said on Wednesday, reported.

He said the agency was holding a series of events with neighborhood units (RTs), community units (RWs), Karang Taruna youth organizations and politicians to inform Jakarta citizens about Law No. 7/2017 on general elections to encourage citizens to vote.

“They [citizens] will understand the rules of a general election better and citizen participation would increase as well,” Taufan said.

In the 2017 Jakarta election, 5,563,425 of a total 7,218,279 eligible voters cast their votes.

The nationwide 2019 general election will elect a president and a vice president and members of the legislature for the 2019-2024 term. (ami)