Chairman of the Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU) Arief Budiman said that although elections in Indonesia were considered the most complicated ones, the Indonesian government is ready to hold the elections. Speaking at the Diplomatic Forum talk show themed Creating Successful Simultaneous General Election held by Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Tuesday (01/29), Arief said that the 2019 General Election in Indonesia was the most expensive election in history, in terms of costs, people, voting, vote counting, and vote recapitulation process.
"The most expensive election in our history; money, people, and also the reason for finishing voting, counting and the recapitulation process," said Arief Budiman.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Perludem (Association for Elections and Democracy), a non-profit organization dealing with research, advocacy, monitoring, education and training in electoral and democratic fields, Titi Anggraini expressed concern that the upcoming general election would be too complicated for voters to vote rationally. Titi Anggraini said that in previous years, presidential elections were held separately from legislative elections. This year, Indonesian voters will be given five ballot papers; ballots for Presidential and Vice Presidential for Legislative Election at the central, provincial, city and regency levels. Titi Anggraini added that in her constituency, there were at least more than 400 legislative candidates. According to he, some of the legislative candidates have not uploaded their Curriculum Vitae , to the campaign website, therefore their organizations recommend not choosing them. (VOI / LISA / AHM)