Indonesia to invite Asia’s 50 senior officials to watch the election

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Fifty senior officials from Asian region will be invited to watch Indonesian presidential election scheduled on July 8, the report says.

The program called Indonesia Election Visitor Program (IEVP) will be held in cooperation between the ministry and the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) at the Sheraton Bandara Hotel at Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on July 6-9, 2009.

During the activity, all participants will join a workshop titled “Indonesian Presidential Election: A Democratic Assessment”. The workshop will discuss about Indonesia’s reforms and political development, rules of Indonesian general elections and local political dynamics…

The countries that will participate in the IEVP are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, the Philippines, Iraq, Japan, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Laos, the Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, United Arab Emirate, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Incumbent president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reported well ahead of former president Megawati Megawati and Vice President Jusuf Kalla in most opinion polls. The dark horse in the race is Kalla, who has proven to be a tough competitor on the campaign trail.

[via Xinhuanet | photo credit]

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