Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo are scheduled to cast their ballots at the Gambir 008 Polling Station (TPS 008 Gambir) tomorrow morning.
"Police and military personnel have coordinated with the organizers. Secret Service agents also have inspected the venue," TPS 008 Gambir's organizing committee head Hamdy Basjar told the press on Tuesday.
Indonesia will hold its first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters will elect the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
According to the General Elections Commission (KPU), as many as 192 million people will be eligible to vote this year. In the meantime, more than 800 thousand polling stations will be established across the country.
According to reports, the polling stations will be guarded by 270 thousand police officers and 70 thousand military personnel. In addition to that, police and military will be assisted by 1.6 million community protection (linmas) officers.
"We will hold more joint patrols. We will protect election officials in regencies and cities," the National Police spokesperson Brigadier General Dedy Prasetyo told journalists earlier today.
This year, 16 national political parties will participate on a national level. In the meantime, Four local political parties will only participate in Aceh province.
The national political parties are PDIP, Golkar Party, Gerindra Party, Democratic Party, PAN, PKB, PKS, PPP, NasDem Party, Hanura Party, PKPI, PBB, Perindo Party, Berkarya Party, PSI and Garuda Party. The local political parties are Aceh Party, SIRA Party Aceh Regional Party and Nanggroe Aceh Party.
Similar with 2014, the 2019 presidential will be contested by Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto. Five years ago, Jokowi won 53 percent of the votes against Prabowo.
KPU held the last presidential election debate at Sultan Hotel, Senayan, Central Jakarta on Sunday. The questions covered the issues of economy, social welfare, trade, investment, finance and industry.
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