Indonesians in Namibia cast their votes

WINDHOEK: Indonesian citizens residing in Namibia cast their votes on Sunday in legislative and presidential elections taking place in April and July this year.

Political Officer of the Embassy of Indonesia, Rieza Maulana told Nampa on Sunday that 12 political parties are competing in these elections for the votes of the 186 million eligible voters.

“Indonesia’s general election is held every five years. The results of the legislative elections will be instrumental for the presidential election due to an important requirement set out in Law No 42 of 2008 (Article 9) which stipulates that a presidential candidacy must be supported by a party or a coalition of parties which has at least 20 per cent of the seats in the national parliament (DPR), or received 25 per cent of the overall national votes,” he explained.

The presidential election which will be held in July 2014 will be Indonesia’s third direct presidential election.

This election is very crucial for Indonesians, since they will be deciding on a new leader. The incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will step down after completing a second and final term in office, according to Maulana.

In the presidential election, Indonesians will vote for a ticket that includes a president and vice president.

The pair which receives more than 50 per cent of the votes nationwide and more than 20 per cent of the votes in over half the provinces wins.

If no clear winner emerges in the first round, the two front runners (the two tickets that received the highest percentage of the national vote in the first round) will compete in a run-off election, which will be held in September 2014 if it is required, according to Maulana.

In the legislative election, voters will cast their vote for parliamentarians at the national level (consisting of the house of representatives/lower house and regional representative council/upper house), provincial level, and district level.

In total there are 19,699 seats to be contested for in the legislative election.

About the role of gender in politics, Maulana said according to the law, at least one in every three candidates on a political party’s list must be a woman.

“Political parties will be barred from competing in any electoral district in which their candidates’ list does not meet this quota,” he added.

There were up to 873 polling stations abroad, including Namibia. Indonesian citizens staying overseas, have been casting their ballots from 30 March until 06 April 2014.

The ballot counting activity for both elections will be held at the residence of the Ambassador of Indonesia to Namibia Agustinus Sumartono on Wednesday.

SOURCE: NAMPA