TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Rights group claims voting rights for married children incentivizes child marriage, files legal petition

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

PREMIUM
Jakarta   /   Wed, November 13, 2019   /  01:27 pm
The Jakarta Post Image
Officials prepare polling booths at PGRI High School in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, on Feb. 15, 2017. Simultaneous regional elections are scheduled for Sept. 29, 2020, during which the heads of 270 regions will be elected, comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors.(The Jakarta Post/Andi Hajramurni)

  Throughout the world, the right to vote is most commonly granted to people once they hit 18 years of age. In Indonesia the voting age is 17. However, people under 17 are also given the right to vote if they are married. Activists are calling for an end to this stipulation ahead of the 2020 simultaneous regional elections amid efforts to curb child marriage. Dian Kartikasari, secretary-general of the Indonesian Women's Coalition (KPI), a group that advocates for an end to child marriages, said children could not make informed political decisions until they reached 17 years of age, regardless of whether they were married or not. "Giving married children the right to vote is wrong because it gives them privileges for getting married, when, in fact, they shouldn't have been married in the first place. While we are trying to curb child marriages, this...