The National Elections Commissions (KPU) have formally announced July 3, 2004, as the date for Indonesia's first nation-wide direct popular elections for the presidential and vice-presidential posts. Should the initial election prove inconclusive, a second run-off election will be held on September 13, 2004.
2004, promises to be a year of heightened political activity overall in Indonesia with legislative elections scheduled to precede the vote for president and vice-president by three months, taking place on April 5, 2004.
According to the KPU Chairman, Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin, the decision to separate the legislative and presidential elections was made to ensure the overall quality of the election process and in order to generally reduce political temperatures during the election period.
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