Declining Enthusiasm of Indonesian Diaspora Voters in Melbourne: Highlights of the 2024 Overseas Elections

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WARTAINDONESIA EN – On Saturday, February 10, 2024, the regions of Victoria and Tasmania bore witness to the implementation of the presidential, vice-presidential, and Jakarta 2 electoral district DPR elections by the comunity Indonesian diaspora in Melbourne.

This event not only served as a significant moment for those living abroad but also showcased disappointing levels of participation and intriguing exit poll results.

Despite the overseas election committee recording 12,357 registered voters, only 32 percent of them exercised their voting rights. This indicates a significant decrease compared to the participation rate in the previous elections in 2019.

Antonius Tobing, a witness from the Ganjar-Mahfud Campaign Team for Victoria and Tasmania, expressed concerns about the low voter turnout. “The level of participation is even worse than in 2019,” he said in a written statement.

Tobing highlighted concerns about the current electoral process, which may be a significant factor in diminishing voter enthusiasm.

In addition to the disappointing level of participation, the exit poll results revealed intriguing political dynamics. The Ganjar-Mahfud pair emerged as the winners with 50.4% of the votes, while the Anies-Muhaimin and Prabowo-Gibran pairs received 27.9% and 21.6% respectively. This indicates that Ganjar-Mahfud managed to garner strong support among Indonesian diaspora voters in Melbourne.

However, it is important to remember that exit poll results are only initial estimates and do not yet reflect the official results of the vote count, which will be announced on February 14, 2024. Nevertheless, these exit poll results provide an interesting glimpse into the preferences of overseas voters.

The low voter turnout in this election also raises questions about the factors influencing voter engagement. Some contributing factors may include uncertainty surrounding the electoral process, government policies regarding overseas elections, and logistical constraints faced by voters.

Furthermore, it is important to consider the role of technology in increasing voter participation overseas. With advancements in technology and widespread internet access, there is potential to utilize online platforms to facilitate the voting process for Indonesian citizens living abroad.

Steps such as providing clear information about the voting process, online registration, and online voting can help increase voter participation in the future.

Additionally, political parties and candidates need to continue to communicate their visions and programs to voters overseas. By conveying clear and relevant messages, diaspora voters may be more motivated to participate in their country’s political process.

Overseas elections are an important part of inclusive democracy, and it is crucial to continuously improve and enhance the process Indonesian Diaspora Voters in Melbourne. By addressing the challenges and opportunities, the government, election committees, and other stakeholders can work together to ensure that overseas elections are conducted smoothly and fairly, and encourage active participation from all Indonesian citizens around the worl