Speaker of Indonesia's House of Representatives, Bambang Soesatyo, along with members of his family, exercised their voting rights at polling booth 15 in Kauman Sub-district, Purbalingga District, Central Java Province, on Wednesday.
Soesatyo, in a white shirt, was spotted arriving at the polling booth at 9 a.m. Western Indonesian Time.
After casting his vote, the speaker greeted and engaged in talks with those residing in proximity to the polling booth.
Soesatyo obliged the request of enthusiastic locals to click pictures with him.
The House speaker was upbeat that the national elections would be held in an orderly and peaceful manner across Indonesia.
"Today, we have reached a point where we need to make a choice, and we are optimistic that all would run safely, orderly, and peacefully," he noted.
Soesatyo further emphasized that elections are a democratic fiesta in which all citizens must partake sans any threat or low feelings.
"I see the lit-up faces of people at this polling booth, as this election is a celebration. Hence, we must be joyful," he remarked.
Furthermore, Soesatyo visited several polling booths in the districts of Purbalingga, Banjarnegara, and Kebumen to ascertain the smooth implementation of the polling process.
"People need not fear visiting polling booths since the TNI (Indonesian army) and Police are ensuring security and order," he affirmed. (ant)