Indonesian Community in Canada Voted for President and Vice President of Indonesia


The General Election to elect the President and Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia was convened at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia on 5 July 2014, at 8 am – 6 pm. Six hundred and forty five (645) Indonesians accredited under the Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa were registered as voters. There were 103 (one hundred and three) voters who attended the Poll at the Indonesian Embassy to express their aspirations and cast their ballot to one of the two nominations of President and Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, namely Prabowo Subianto - Hatta Rajasa and Joko Widodo - Yusuf Kalla.

The organizer of abroad election/Kelompok Penyelenggara Pemungutan Suara Luar Negeri (KPPSLN) of the Presidential and Vice Presidential General election, consisting of 7 (seven) members of the Indonesian Community in Canada, began the activity by announcing the List of Voters then submitted the copies to a witness. One (one) witness from the Candidate Prabowo-Hatta was present. Afterwards, KPPSLN took an oath concerning their integrity, opened the ballot box, identified and counted the ballot papers from the ballot box, identified and counted the voting equipment and then announced the voting mechanisms to the voters. The activities were soon followed by the voting process.

Apart from facilitating voters who attended the poll, the organizer facilitated as well 534 (five hundred and thirty four) Indonesians who would cast their ballots by post. These electors were located in Ottawa, Province of Quebec, Province of Nova Scotia, Province of New Brunswick, Province of Prince Edward Island, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunavut. The deadline for the postal votes is 10 July 2014.

On 9 July 2014, the count of the votes by the Indonesians who voted in person at the polling station was carried out. Prabowo-Hatta got 17 (seventeen) votes and Jokowi-Kalla received 84 (eighty) votes. Two (2) votes were not valid.

On 14 July 2014, the votes received by post were counted. Prabowo-Hatta received 53 (fifty three) votes and Jokowi-Kalla received 186 (one hundred and eighty six) votes. Twenty six (26) votes were not valid.

The recapitulation of the votes of the Presidential and Vice Presidential General Election was also conducted on 14 July 2014 in Ottawa. In total, Prabowo-Hatta received 70 (seventy) votes and Jokowi-Kalla received 270 (two hundred and seventy) votes. Twenty eight (28) votes were not valid. (SM/Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa)