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National deputy coordinator of the People’s Voter Education Network (JPPR) Masykuruddin Hafidz urged all Indonesian citizens who are eligible to exercise their right to vote and not become golput or abstainers in the 2014 elections.
He said that abstaining was the same as throwing away the people’s money.
“The state has spent trillions to prepare for the legislative elections. Not exercising your right is the same as wasting that money, which came from taxpayers,” said Masykur in Jakarta on Tuesday.
According to him, the state was trillions away if public participation in the elections was low.
Masykur argued that increased turnout improved the chances of electing candidates with integrity to take seats in the House of Representatives. He said high turnout reduced the likelihood for candidates with poor track records to be chosen to represent the people.
“The nation’s dream of change would best be started by voting in the good people, not by abstaining,” he said, as quoted by kompas.com.
Masykur added that the public should also acknowledge that preparations for the elections have been relatively smooth, even if there were still shortcomings. (tjs)
Post: The Jakarta Post