Arsianews, Jakarta – The process of the General Election and Election of the Indonesian President in Jordan on Friday (12/4) took place smoothly, in an orderly manner, and in accordance with the procedures established by the General Election Commission.
On Friday, April 12, 2019, since 08.00 in the morning, the queue of Indonesian citizens in Jordan was seen crowded in polling stations 1 and 2 at Wisma Duta, the Indonesian Embassy in Amman. The presence of diaspora, most of whom are migrant workers and students, is in celebration of the 2019 presidential and legislative elections for democracy.
The voting process at two polling stations was held by the Organizing Group on Foreign Voting (KPPSLN) consisting of elements from the Indonesian Embassy, students, and the Indonesian community in Jordan. During the activity, witnesses from the party participating in the election were present to oversee the running of the voting process.
The enthusiasm of the community can be seen from the large number of Indonesian citizens who continue to arrive at the polling station location until the end of the voting time at 7pm. Some of them even have to travel for 2 hours to reach the polling station location.
One Indonesian citizen who works in Ma’an City (about 200 km from the capital city of Amman), expressed his excitement at voting in Jordan. She said, even though she lives far away from her homeland, she is happy to be able to use her voting rights to help determine the future of the Indonesian nation in the next 5 years.
Based on the Jordanian PPLN record, there are 1,032 Indonesian citizens who are registered in the Permanent Foreign Voters List (DPTLN) in Jordan and Palestine. Of the total voters in the DPT, there were 553 voters who had used their votes, both through polling stations, mobile ballot boxes (KSK) and posts. Thus, voter participation in this election reaches more than 50% of the final voter list according to the target of the Central KPU.
In accordance with KPU regulations, Overseas TPS is required to hold a vote earlier than domestic implementation, namely between 8-14 April 2019. Whereas the vote counting process is carried out simultaneously with the vote count in the country on 17 April 2019.
“Determination of the April 12 voting in Jordan was carried out by considering the schedule for the weekend holiday which falls on Friday, so that Indonesian citizens were more free to come to the polling station,” said Chairman of PPLN Amman Miftah Nafid Firdaus.
Previously, on April 10, 2019, Jordan’s KPPPSLN had held a vote through the KSK in the city of Aqaba. To reach voters who are not reached by TPS and KSK, including Indonesian citizens who are in the Palestinian territories, KPPSLN has also facilitated postal voting.
The Indonesian Ambassador to Amman Andy Rachmianto conveyed his appreciation to the Jordanian PPLN and KPPPSLN who have carried out their duties responsibly and fully.
“The Indonesian Embassy in Amman will continue to support the Election Committee in Jordan to organize a series of elections in an orderly and peaceful manner until the vote counting process on April 17”, said Andy.