Appreciation to Indonesian citizens for their enthusiasm during Indonesia’s Presidential Election at the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague

Direct ballot for Indonesia’s presidential election 2014 had been organized smoothly and democratically at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in The Hague on Saturday, 5th July 2014. A total of 2,342 Indonesian voters participated in the direct vote, as this voter’s number marked an increasing of more than 100 % compared to April 2014 legislative election.


Thousands Indonesians in the Netherlands enthusiastically participated in the direct ballot, albeit the fact that they waited  in long queues for 1 to 2 hours as the total number of voters were quite high. The voters, however, patiently waited and gave their constitutional-democratic rights of voting for the presidential election. Voters at the Embassy’s polling station came from various backgrounds including Indonesian students and communities, they were also coming from cities in the Netherlands, and many of them were also bringing their families including children.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Retno L.P. Marsudi expressed her high appreciation to all Indonesian citizens whom enthusiastically participating in the direct ballot. Indonesian citizens’ enthusiasm reflected a great popular support to a democratic system and democratic process in Indonesia. On the other hand, it was also a reflection of an increasing constitutional-political awareness among the peoples. An appreciation was also extended to all election’s organizing committee and related stakeholders, including PPLN (Overseas Election Committee ), KPPSLN (Overseas Election Organizing Group, Panwaslu (Elections Supervisory Committee,  all election witnesses, for their tireless efforts in organizing a democratic, secure and peaceful presidential election.

Indonesians who were unable to directly cast their votes at polling stations could send the ballots by mail (post). Counting of the direct votes will be conducted on 9 July 2014, while counting of post/ mail votes will be conducted on July 15, 2014.

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 6 July 2014

(Photo: Courtesy Eddi Santoso-PPLN Den Haag)

 

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