The General Election Commission – Overseas General Election Committee Work Meeting (Rapat Kerja KPU – PPLN) was held on 9 - 10 October 2009 and was officially opened by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to India, Lieutenant General (Ret.) Andi M. Ghalib SH., MH. The meeting was attended by members of the KPU, Sri Nuryanti, S.IP., MA and I Gusti Putu Artha, SP, M.Sc., Sigit Joyowardono (KPU Secretariat), Member of Pokja - PLN, Eddy Basuki and members of PPLN from Colombo, Johor Baru, Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Mumbai, Penang, Songkhla, Yangoon, Cairo and New Delhi.
In his opening remarks, the Ambassador conveyed the need for evaluation on the implementation of the General Election 2009 in order to improve the future election process. PPLN as overseas election organizers also holds a very important role for the accomplishment of general elections in foreign countries. The Ambassador also reiterated that there was a higher participation level in the last election, achieved by the PPLN New Delhi (by 94%). This success is supproted by the hard work dedicated by members of the PPLN New Delhi. The percentage achieved by PPLN New Delhi is above expectation as it was only targeting 70% in the previous Raker KPU - PPLN conducted on 6 - 7 December 2008 at the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi for South Asia and Central Asia region.
Pokja PLN during the meeting emphasized the need of an evaluation which will lead to suggestions and recommendations in order to improve the quality of election process in foreign countries in the future, particularly concerning the efforts to increase the participation of overseas voters to use their voting rights.
Meanwhile, members of the KPU, Sri Nuryanti and I Gusti Putu Artha in their presentation explained the implementation stages of general election abroad, especially in the preparation of DPTLN and to increased participation of overseas voters. Commission members also emphasized several juridical aspects of election for Indonesian citizen in abroad (WNI), which is also a constitutional rights and political rights for every citizen of Indonesia. In particular, KPU has sought to accommodate the difficulties faced by PPLN to organized mobile Polling Station (TPS mobile) in the last general election in order to elevate level of participations abroad.
During the meeting, the participants discussed intensively and comprehensively the various issues and problems that became obstacles and barriers in the implementation of the general election 2009 abroad, as well as attempts to formulate the best solution, and identify some positive aspect in order to develop and increase the quality in the next election. Problems identified and discussed in the Raker amongst others, are the level of participation, DPTLN, logistics and elections budget, electoral mechanisms abroad, technical assistance, regulatory and technical arrangements / methods of voting, determining the officially permitted votes, TPS mobile and election mechanism through postal.
At the end of the meeting, participants conveyed the aspirations and appreciation to the Commission and the Working Group on preparation and organized the legislative and the Presidential / Vice Presidential election in 2009, and to the Ambassador of Indonesia in New Delhi and PPLN New Delhi for hosting the Raker KPU – PPLN.
New Delhi, 12 October 2009