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"Kompas" Poll: Voters Enthusiastic about Using Voting Rights

The "Kompas" poll stated that 96.4 percent of respondents would exercise their right to vote in the 2024 elections.

This article has been translated using AI. See Original .

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DENTY PIAWAI NASTITIE, DIAN DEWI PURNAMASARI, NINA SUSILO
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The following article was translated using both Microsoft Azure Open AI and Google Translation AI. The original article can be found in Jajak Pendapat ”Kompas”: Pemilih Antusias Gunakan Hak Pilih

The Voting Committee (PPS) assisted voters in casting their ballots during a mock election simulation for the 2024 General Election on the grounds of the Mayor's Office in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (17/1/2024).
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The Voting Committee (PPS) assisted voters in casting their ballots during a mock election simulation for the 2024 General Election on the grounds of the Mayor's Office in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (17/1/2024).

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — The majority of voters in the 2024 Election are estimated to be enthusiastic about exercising their right to vote on February 14. This indication can be seen from the results of the Kompas poll and the high enthusiasm of voters to exercise their rights at a number of overseas polling stations.

Therefore, during the three-day election quiet period, from February 11-13, 2024, it is important for the General Election Commission to once again ensure that voters can exercise their rights safely, smoothly, and without any pressure whatsoever.

The results of the Kompas poll on January 29-February 2 2024 stated that 96.4 percent of respondents said they would exercise their right to vote. The remaining 2.5 percent were reluctant to exercise their right to vote and only 1.1 percent of respondents had not yet made a choice. This opinion poll was conducted by telephone with 510 respondents from 34 provinces who were randomly selected. At a 95 percent confidence level, the research margin of error is +/- 4.35 percent.

If we look at the age background, greater enthusiasm is shown by the group of voters who are aged over 25 years old. As many as 98.5 percent stated that they will definitely use their voting rights. As for the group under that age range, 17-24 years old, 87.6 percent stated a similar statement.

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As a note, the voter turnout rate for the Legislative Member Election 2019 was 81.7 percent, while for the Presidential Election 2019 it was 81.9 percent.

On Sunday (11/2/2024), voting was held at overseas polling stations (TPSLN) in 36 Indonesian representative offices abroad. The enthusiasm of voters to exercise their right to vote was clearly visible at TPSLN in the World Trade Center (WTC) building in Kuala Lumpur, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

According to Migrant Care's observation, due to the high number of voters in Kuala Lumpur, the committee had to increase the registration desks from the original 100 to 400. They also opened the polling station earlier for voters who were not on the permanent voter list. As of 6:00 PM local time, there were still citizens who wanted to vote, even though the polling time had ended.

In Bandar Seri Begawan, voters have to squeeze in to cast their votes, with some even fainting. In Riyadh, according to the Chairman of Riyadh's Overseas Election Committee, Tatang Muhtar, voters' enthusiasm is not dampened even though they have to vote in the midst of 13 degrees Celsius air temperature.

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The atmosphere of the simulation for ballot collection and vote counting for the 2024 Election at the General Election Commission office in Jakarta on Tuesday (22/3/2022).
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The atmosphere of the simulation for ballot collection and vote counting for the 2024 Election at the General Election Commission office in Jakarta on Tuesday (22/3/2022).

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The Chairman of the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu), Rahmat Bagja, reminded the KPU officials, especially the administrators at each polling station, to anticipate the high enthusiasm of the community during the voting process on February 14th. The KPU and its officials must ensure that every voter can exercise their right to vote.

Reflecting on the voting process in Kuala Lumpur, the number of voters registered as special voters (DPK) or those who chose to use their electronic identification card (KTP-el) was more than 50 percent of the permanent voter list (DPT) at TPSLN. "The availability of ballots must be taken into account here because the reserve ballots are only 2 percent of the DPT at that polling station," said Bagja on Sunday (11/2/2024).

If the ballot papers are insufficient due to high voter turnout, Bawaslu is concerned that chaos could occur at the polling stations.

To ensure the voting rights of the electorate, the KPU is also urged to complete the distribution of all election logistics to the polling stations accurately, including in terms of quantity, target, quality, and time. The casting and counting of votes must also adhere to the regulations. The vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities, are also reminded to receive attention.

Chairman of the General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Rahmat Bagja
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Chairman of the General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Rahmat Bagja

Bawaslu has also mapped out polling stations that are vulnerable to disruptions during voting, in order to bring them to the attention of the KPU and security forces.

From the mapping results, there are 125,224 ballot stations with voters on the final voter list who no longer meet the requirements; 119,796 ballot stations with additional voters; 38,595 ballot stations with members of the Polling Station Organizer Group (KPPS) who are voters outside of the TPS where they are assigned; 36,236 ballot stations with internet network problems at the TPS location; 21,947 ballot stations near campaign team headquarters or candidate campaign houses; 18,656 potentially problematic ballot stations; and 10,794 in disaster-prone areas.

Regarding DPK voters, KPU member Idham Holik stated that they have prepared as many ballots as there are voters on the DPT list, as well as an additional 2% of ballots from the total on the DPT list at each polling station. "The key to organizing this is ensuring that voters are present at the polling station according to the recommended schedule for DPT voters. DPK voters should arrive one hour before the polling station closes," he said.

Problems abroad

Translation: For the election outside the country, there are still eight representatives of the Republic of Indonesia abroad who will hold the voting process on February 13 and 14, 2024. This refers to the KPU Decision Number 122 of 2024 regarding the Day and Date of Voting at TPSLN in the Indonesian Representatives Overseas for the 2024 Election. Among them are in Hong Kong on February 13 and in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei on February 14. Meanwhile, 120 other representatives of the Republic of Indonesia abroad have conducted their voting process alternately since February 5.

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The atmosphere of residents waiting in line to cast their votes at the polling station in World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday (11/2/2024).
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The atmosphere of residents waiting in line to cast their votes at the polling station in World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday (11/2/2024).

Looking back on the completed elections overseas, Titi Anggraini, the leader of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), reminds us of several important factors to consider, including the availability of officials to address and facilitate the needs of voters.

In addition, it is also necessary to anticipate several administrative problems, such as passport numbers that do not match the names of voters, and voters registered at polling stations in Indonesia despite having lived abroad for 20 years. There are also ballot papers that are sent to the wrong address and ultimately become unusable.

"There are many things that cannot be addressed with formal rules. It requires progressive action from the election organizers to respond to the reality on the ground," he said.

Editor:
ANTONIUS PONCO ANGGORO
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