In order to facilitate the election process, the Government of Indonesia has formally declared Monday, April 5, 2004, and Monday, July 5, 2004, as public holidays. On those dates, respectively, nation-wide elections for the House of Representatives and first round of the President and Vice-Presidential elections will be held.
The decision to make polling days into holidays was announced by Indonesia's Minister for the People's Welfare, Mr. Jusuf Kalla, on March 29, 2004 who said, "the decision has been provided for in Law number 12 of 2003 regarding the General Election." By declaring polling days as official holidays the Government hopes to maximize voter turnout allowing Indonesians to cast their votes at polling places located near their place of residence.
20 September 2004?
Under the current election rules if a Presidential candidate does not emerge with 51% share of the vote on July 5 a final election run-off vote between the two top ranking candidates is scheduled to be held on Septmber 20. If, as widely expected, the second round of voting does materialize this will mean that Monday, September 20, 2004, will also be declared a national holiday.
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