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Indonesia General Election 2019: The Party for Democracy in Cambodia

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A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. April 17, 2019. Polls to elect Indonesia's president and parliamentarians closed across the vast archipelagic country on Wednesday. Xinhua/Supriyanto

The Election Result submitted by Indonesia Overseas Elections Committee in Cambodia has been approved by the General Election Commission’s Plenary Meeting (7/5/2019)

Not less than a month ago, Indonesia had conducted a general election simultaneously for presidential and parliamentary elections abroad on 8-17 April 2019. Since the beginning of last year, the Indonesian General Election Commission has established 130 Overseas Elections Committee to manage more than two million Indonesian voters around the world.

Indonesian citizens in Cambodia also had an opportunity to exercise their right to vote at five polling stations (Phnom Penh, Bavet, Chrey Thom, Poipet and Sihanoukville) on 8-14 April 2019 and the votes counting was held on 17 April 2019 in Phnom Penh. The series of elections process were conducted peacefully and successfully.

‘This Election had a high turnout with 3.251 Indonesian citizens in Cambodia participated to vote (98.2% from the registered ballots papers). This participation figure significantly increases from the Indonesian presidential and vice presidential election in Cambodia back in 2014 in which around 1,100 voters turned out’, said Arik Sugeng Mintorogo, the Chairperson of Indonesia Overseas Election Committee-Cambodia.

The election or what it is known as the party for democracy for Indonesian voters in Phnom Penh has been conducted at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Phnom Penh on 13 April 2019 at 8 AM until 6 PM. With the collaboration between the Indonesian Overseas Election Committee-Cambodia and the Embassy, the event was also organized with series of side events including food and Indonesian products bazaar, garage sales and other fun activities such as drawing and colouring competitions for children which were opened for public including international and Cambodian friends. The presence of ID Talent Band, an Indonesian band performers joyfully entertained Indonesian citizens and other nationals including Cambodians who danced and sang together.

‘The event is a complete package, after voting, the Indonesian citizens joint their Cambodian friends came in enthusiasm to see the election process in a simple but meaningful gathering to strengthen ties and brotherhood. Everyone looks happy with the entertainment program while enjoying Indonesian cuisine despites their different backgrounds, opinions and choices…’ said H.E. Sudirman Haseng, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Following the excitement of the voting days, some Indonesian citizens also came to see the process of the ballots counting for the President-Vice President and Legislative at the Indonesian Embassy on 17 April 2019 at 13.00-22.00.

Based on information from Indonesia Overseas Election Committee-Cambodia, Jokowi-Ma’ruf Candidate No. 01 got the majority of voters in Cambodia with 3,018 votes or 93.7% of the total 3220 valid ballots and Prabowo-Sandi Candidate No. 02 received 202 votes (6.3%) . Meanwhile, out of 3,095 Legislative Ballots, the results of vote counting of the political parties among others are PDIP: 56.3% (1,743 ballots); PSI: 21.7% (673 ballots); Nasdem: 4.2% (129 ballots); Gerindra: 4.1% (127 ballots); and Golkar: 3% (92 ballots).

Indonesian general elections 2019 had 192,828,520 registered voters (2,058,191 are overseas), 811,066 polling stations (783 overseas in 130 countries), 5,965,038 poll workers (including overseas workers), as well as 245,660 candidates (94,975 are women) from 16 national political parties and 4 local Aceh political parties. At this stage, the Indonesian General Election Commission is in the process of recapitulating the ballots’ counting which has been started from 18 April 2019 and expected to be finished on 22 May 2019. The election result submitted by the Overseas Election Committee-Cambodia has been approved by the Indonesia General Election Commission’s Plenary Meeting yesterday (7/5/2019).

Ambassador Sudirman appreciated the Indonesia Overseas Election Committee in Cambodia for their good cooperation to succeed this simultaneous general election process by firmly holding the principle of Direct, General, Free, Confidential, Honest and Fair. Ambassador also appreciated Indonesian citizens in Cambodia who had channelled their voting rights in this 2019 Election. Gratitude also goes to the Cambodian related Ministries and Authorities for their valuable support to the peaceful Indonesian Elections in this Kingdom of Wonder. (Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh).

Embassy of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Cambodia

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