Indonesia kicks off preparations for 2024 election

Preparations are already underway for Indonesia's next presidential election scheduled for February 2024.

Indonesia's election commission officially kicked off the process on Tuesday for a vote to choose a new president in one of the world's biggest democracies.

At a ceremony on Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian said President Joko Widodo had urged the commission to improve the election system.

People in Indonesia have shown great interest in the elections, with high voter turnout every five years. But the country has struggled with problems such as bribery and vote-buying, as well as fair and transparent oversight.

Joko is approaching his limit of two terms under the Constitution. It is not yet clear who will run to succeed him, but a number of ministers and governors have expressed interest.

People took to the streets in April after some cabinet ministers proposed that the election be postponed.
That would have effectively allowed the president to extend his term.

Joko then stated publicly that the vote would take place on schedule, and he would not seek an extension.