LAGOS – The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Sudirman Hanseng, on Saturday said that no fewer than 400 Indonesians would be casting their votes in Nigeria in the Indonesian legislative elections, slated for April 9.
Sudirman who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the voting in Lagos said the election would also be conducted in Abuja on April 6.
The envoy said that the election was being conducted, ahead of the Indonesian legislative elections.
“Here in Lagos today, 200 Indonesians are voting to elect their choices of representatives in the election.
“And another 200 will tomorrow April 6, be voting in Abuja and other parts of Nigeria.
“This is to tell the world that Indonesians can now vote for who they want as their leaders from any part of the world.
“Indonesians in Nigeria are among those interested in the democratic process.’’
Sudirman said that the results of the elections conducted in Nigeria, would secretly be sent through Close Circuit Television (CCTV) to the Indonesian electoral body, to avoid fraud and manipulation.
Mr Isaac Itegboje, the Administrative Secretary and Director of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State, who came to observe the elections, described the voting as “very interesting”.
Itegboje noted that the election process had given equal opportunity of participation to Indonesians at home and abroad.
He said that the conduct of the election was hitch-free, with a determination on the part of the officials and voters for a successful election.
One of the voters, Mr Dony Henrawan, expressed happiness that he was able to vote for his candidates of choice even while in Nigeria.
Dony said that every vote from Indonesians wherever they were, would give them sense of belonging and participation in their country’s affairs.
“Every vote from any Indonesian must count in all elections. We believe every vote counts whether in Indonesia or from those in other parts of the world,’’ he told NAN.
Another voter, Mr Antonios Haryono, also lauded the opportunity to be able to vote in his country’s election in Nigeria.
“It shows that I still have a voice and participation in the affairs of my country even though I am in Nigeria,” he stated.
Voting materials and officials were ready before the voting time, which commenced at 9 a.m.
The voters started coming to the Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre at Victoria Island, Lagos, where the election took place from 9 a.m., registering and voting without hitches.
The voting exercise in Lagos was expected to close at 6 p.m. (NAN)