Indonesian President Emphasizes Neutrality and Integrity Ahead of General Election

Indonesian President Emphasizes Neutrality and Integrity Ahead of General Election

Jakarta, The Gulf Observer: Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) underscored the critical importance of maintaining neutrality among state civil servants (ASN), members of the Indonesian National Army (TNI), police (Polri), and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) during the upcoming General Election. Speaking at a press statement after inaugurating two sections of the Trans-Sumatra Toll Road in Batubara Sub-District, North Sumatra, President Jokowi reiterated the need for these institutions to safeguard the people’s sovereignty.

“I want to reiterate that the ASN, TNI, Polri, including BIN, must be neutral and protect people’s sovereignty,” emphasized President Jokowi during the video broadcast on Wednesday.

Acknowledging the pivotal role of the General Elections Commission (KPU) and the General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), both at the central and regional levels, President Jokowi called upon them to uphold professionalism and ensure the integrity of the election process.

“KPU, Bawaslu, and all levels in the regions must also be professional and ensure the integrity of the election, so that the voice of the people is truly sovereign,” stated President Jokowi.

Highlighting the significance of conducting peaceful, honest, and fair elections, President Jokowi urged citizens to respect the election results and unite for the continued development of Indonesia.

With just one week remaining before the voting day on February 14, 2024, President Jokowi appealed to all Indonesian citizens to participate actively in the democratic process by visiting the voting stations (TPS) and exercising their right to vote.

The 2024 Presidential Election features three participating candidate pairs: Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar (pair number 1), Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka (pair number 2), and Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD (pair number 3). The campaign period, which began on November 28, 2023, will conclude on February 10, 2024, with the voting scheduled for February 14, 2024. As Indonesia approaches this crucial electoral milestone, President Jokowi’s call for neutrality, professionalism, and unity resonates as a guiding principle for the nation’s democratic progress.