Ani Hasanah

Ani Hasanah

30
January

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)

29
January

Non-profit organisation Perludem’s Executive Director Titi Anggraini spoke Tuesday (29/01) about her concerns the upcoming election will be too complicated for people to vote rationally. Speaking at Diplomatic Forum talk show themed Creating Successful Simultaneous General Election held by Voice of Indonesia at Auditorium Jusuf Ronodipuro, RRI, in Jakarta on Tuesday (29/01), Titi Anggraini said that in previous years, presidential elections were held separately from other divisions. This year, Indonesian voters will be presented with five ballot papers; voting will cover the presidential, vice presidential, regional, provincial and local positions. Indonesia is a vast archipelago made up of 17 thousand islands and around 260 million people. A simultaneous general election will be no small feat.

“The upcoming election is not only the most complex election in the world, but also the most complex election in the world and in the heaven.”

Titi Anggraini added in her electorate district, at least there are more than 400 candidates. According to her, some of those candidates have not uploaded their Curriculum Vitae to campaign websites. She said her organisation recommended not voting for these candidates. Meanwhile, Chairman of General Election Commission (KPU) Arief Budiman said despite the scale of the election, the government is prepared for the election. He said the commission has 7.2 million staff adding that Indonesia’s 2019 General Election is the most expensive election in the history in terms of money, people, voting, counting and the calculation process. (VOI/LISA/AHM)

27
January

To celebrate the 70th Republic Day of India, Indonesian Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, Eko Putro Sandjojo discussed ways in which the relationship can be further improved. In his opening speech in Jakarta, Eko Sandjojo observed the lengthy history of relations between the two countries which stretched back to the 1st century and included involvement in the first Asia-Africa conference in 1955. The minister also commented on the increase of bilateral trade, which had increased by 20% from 16 billion US Dollars to 20 billion US Dollars over the last year. In discussing the New Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, the minister said both countries had set a target to achieve $50 billion worth of bilateral trade by 2025 and hoped that the bilateral relationship between the two countries will continue to grow and expand in a mutually beneficial manner.

 

This special occasion is indeed the right time for us to look into the future with confidence that the relationship between our two countries will continue to grow and expand in a mutually beneficial manner. But moreover, as members of the G20, with a population that constitutes one-fifth of the global population, I am totally convinced that we could do more to the peace, stability, development, and prosperity of our region and beyond,” said Eko Putro Sandjojo.

In addition to thanking India for its assistance in various fields, Eko Putro Sanjojo also affirmed the commitment of two countries to the better Indo-Pacific region. (VOI / STEPHEN / AHM)

27
January

India and Indonesia’s ties have been tremendous in the past one year.  The ties were marked by the visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to India in January 2018 to attend the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of India-ASEAN Summit and to be an honorable guest at last year’s Republic Day of India. The visit was then followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia in May 2018. The Indian ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat told about Indonesian-Indian diplomatic relations at an event celebrating India’s 70th Republic Day on Friday (25/1) in Jakarta. Pradeep Kumar Rawat told India and Indonesia’s longstanding strong diplomatic relationship, and how it can be improved. In his speech he mentioned the two countries strengthening maritime relationship as the first commercial vessel from Aceh, Indonesia landed in Andaman India early January this year aiming to build modern connectivity and leverage the maritime proximity.

 

India and Indonesia are two maritime neighbours. The Island of Andaman and Nicobar in India is only 90 nautical miles away from Aceh. Over the centuries the seas connecting India and Indonesia have been pathways on which commerce and culture has travelled. Our two leaders are determined to reinvigorate that historical legacy. To build modern connectivity and leverage the maritime proximity to ensure peace, prosperity and security of our shared maritime space,” Pradeep said.

In his speech, Pradeep Kumar Rawat also discussed the growing tourists and the increasing bilateral trade of the two countries. In tourism, the number of Indian tourists visiting Indonesia has reached half a million while Indonesian tourists visiting India has increased 20 percents. In trade, the countries’ trade balance has reached almost 20 billion US Dollars. Of the number, Indonesia is in the positive balance with a trade surplus of 12 billion US Dollars. (VOI/LISA/AHM)