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House speaker asks young voters to vote

Kamis 19 April 2018 15:31 WIB

Rep: Ali Mansur, Puti Almas/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda

Young voter. (Illustration)

Young voter. (Illustration)

House speaker also invites young generation to study the election system.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- House of Representatives (DPR) speaker Bambang Soesatyo "Bamsoet" asked millennial generation to use their right to vote in 2018 regional elections and 2019 presidential election. He said the votes of young generation have major role in determining the progress of the nation.

"Young generation should not be golput (non-voters). They must rise up and dare to speak up to choose the best leaders for the nations progress," said Bamsoet in a written statement received by on Wednesday (April 18).

Bamsoet said about 14 million young people would be eligible to vote for their first time in 2019 presidential election. The number was about 7.4 percent of the total voters of 196,5 million people.

He also asked the students in universities to conduct study related to implementation of direct regional elections. The study could examine whether direct regional elections is more beneficial or harmful for Indonesian people.

"We shouldn't be afraid and embarrassed to improve the existing system," Bamsoet added.

Presidential election to be conducted in April 17, 2019. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) has stated its determination to get the incumbent Joko Widodo re-elected. However, his running mate has not been decided.

Meanwhile, Gerindra Party has named Prabowo Subianto as presidential candidate. On the other hand, Prabowo stated his readiness to run in the election for the third times, if the people gave the mandate.

Prabowo has not made further formal declaration and preferred to wait for the end of regional election in 2018. No other candidate emerged so far.

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