Monday, April 7, 2014

Two Days Prior To Election 2014

Early vote: An Indonesian citizen casts his vote at a polling station at The Indonesian School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday. A total of 402,730 Indonesians who registered with the Overseas Election Committee (PPLN) in Kuala Lumpur cast their votes for the legislative election on Sunday. Malaysia has the highest recorded number of overseas Indonesian voters for this year’s elections. (Antara, found here)

As the photo above shows, most Indonesians living abroad have cast their vote for the legislative election last weekend. While the election day in Indonesia will fall this Wednesday, I can't help feeling a bit of panic running in my vein. Unlike the previous years, when I still worked for a media and covered election process, now I absolutely have no idea who's the candidates in my district.

Thanks to the Internet, we can now check the candidates through websites, such as Peta Caleg, Jari Ungu, Check Your Candidates and Wikikandidat.  There is even a website that claims it has the list of clean legislator candidates (Bersih 2014). In my opinion, the information provided in those websites is still not enough, but it's definitely a big leap from the 2004 election, when information on candidates were simply put up at the central/local government offices. 

There's also a new policy saying that if you are on the road on the election day, you can come to any poll booth, show the eligible voter paper and ID and cast the vote after 12 p.m. I'm not really sure about this, though. Ten years ago, I had to cover the election at the then Vice President's house (Hamzah Haz). When I asked the poll booth officer if I could vote there, the officer refused, saying that the number of ballots was allocated as much as the number of voters in the area. So, we'll see it the new policy will be well-implemented.

Heavy terrain: A soldier safeguards the transportation of legislative election logistical materials in Brambang Darussalam village, Bondowoso, East Java on Sunday. Due to the heavy terrain, horses were used to transport the materials. (Antara, found here)

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