16 May 2018 - 10:25
Indonesian community gears up for 2019 polls
DOHA: The Indonesian community in Qatar is gearing up for Indonesian General Election to be held in April next year.
Indonesia is scheduled to hold presidential, legislative and simultaneous regional elections in April 2019. This will be the first elections in the world to elect members of parliament and president simultaneously.
To serve Indonesians living abroad, The Central General Elections Commission in Jakarta is now working together with Indonesian missions around the world to engage Indonesian community abroad as members of Overseas Election Committee.
In Qatar, the Indonesian elections will be held on April 12, 2019. Voting ballots are planned to be located in Doha, Al Khor, Dukhan, and Mesaieed.
To promote the success of the quinquennial event, the Indonesian Embassy in Doha is actively supporting Overseas Election Committee in Qatar in carrying out their duties.
In March this year, Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar, Muhammad Basri Sidehabi witnessed the oath-taking and inauguration of the members of Overseas Election Committee (OEC) for the 2019 General Election and its secretariat.
Their tasks include announcing the Draft Register of Overseas Voters, establishing the Definitive Register of Overseas Voters, and recapitulating the voting result.
In carrying out its duties, OEC Doha will be assisted by Committee for Voters Registration (Panitia PendaftaranPemilih/Pantarlih). Pantarlih is responsible for reaching out to as many Indonesians living in Qatar as possible to make a list of Indonesian citizens of legal voting age (17 years old and above) as prospective voters.
The Indonesian Embassy in Doha wishes that the relevant parties in Qatar could support the embassy’s effort to promote the success of the important event.
As the Ambassador said, “We really hope that sponsors and companies in Qatar could positively support election committee members of the Republic of Indonesia to do their duty for the successful event of Indonesian General Election. It is our hope that when the time of the election comes, the sponsors and companies here in Qatar will allow the Indonesian citizens to fulfill their civic duty to vote.”
The tasks will include a lot of activities of registering people as well as data updating and matching through social media, website, or direct meeting, and information dissemination to the Indonesian community in Qatar.