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Jakarta Post

Ballots confusing, say elderly voters

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, April 12, 2019   /  08:32 am
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Volunteers from the Bogor election committee in West Java show ballots to a resident at a traditional market on Sunday. Voters will cast five different votes on April 19, when the country heads to the polls for the simultaneous legislative and presidential elections. (Antara/Arif Firmansyah )

Kerti spent about 15 minutes casting her vote, starting from marking the ballots to dipping her finger in ink. The 72-year-old woman was among 500 women participating in a voting simulation event at Bulungan Sport Center, South Jakarta on Saturday. The event was organized by the Indonesian Women’s’ Coalition (KPI) in collaboration with Migrant CARE and women’s rights advocacy group Institut KAPAL Perempuan. The resident of Kramat Jati, East Jakarta said this year’s voting experience was very different from previous ones because the 12th general election would be the first simultaneous legislative and presidential elections. From 2004 to 2014, presidential elections were held three months after legislative elections. This year, voters will have at least five separate ballots to fill out in the voting booth: one for the presidential and vice presidential el...