Indonesians abroad cast their votes for the presidential and legislative elections between 12-14 April. However, many reports have surfaced that the process did not run as smoothly as expected, with errors and alleged fraud in some countries. Despite voting a few days earlier, the number of votes will be counted on April 17, the same day as the general election in Indonesia.
The Indonesian election committee members in polling stations (TPS) abroad faced a number of challenges, including damaged voting ballots, overly long queues, and running out of voting time.
In Sydney, Australia, some voters were unable to exercise their right due to the lack of organisational skills of the election committee. Some Indonesians claimed that they had been listed in the final voters list (DPT) but were told that they were not eligible to vote. This eventually sparked a petition to force PPLN to hold another election.
Meanwhile, some Indonesians in Hong Kong expressed their disappointment at not being able to vote via social media. The election committee, however, claimed that the designated voting schedule had ended. Over 180,000 Indonesians are known to have voted in Hong Kong.
A video of punctured voting ballots favouring candidate number 01, the incumbent Jokowi, and his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin in Selangor, Malaysia has gone viral over the last few days. The video showed a few people being raided by the Indonesian election committee in Malaysia. However, some have claimed that the video was simply a play orchestrated by supporters of candidate no. 02, Prabowo Subianto to slander Jokowi’s camp. This case is currently being investigated by the General Election Committee (KPU).
Indonesians in the Netherlands, on the other hand, did not report any sort of issues, aside from location of the voting stations, which were considered too far by many. Indonesian pianist and writer, Karina Andjiani said that she had to embark on a 107.5 km journey from her home in Hertogenbosch, to the poll station at Sekolah Indonesia Den Haag (SIDH) school in the city of Den Haag.
Source: Kompas, Tempo