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General Elections Set for April 05, 2004

Not Clear if Presidential Elections to be Scheduled for Later Date.

(3/17/2003) Indonesian voters will go to the polls on Monday, April 5, 2004, to elect members to the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representative Councils (DPD), and the District Legislative Assemblies (DPRD).

The announcement regarding the timing for the nation-wide polls was made by the Chairman of the General Elections Commission, Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin, who forecasted that weather conditions should be favorable in early April for voters throughout most areas of the nation.

In setting the April 2004 date, the Government has also set for itself am earlier deadline of July 2003, by which time the rolls of eligible voters should be completed and in hand.

Date for Presidential Election Still Unclear

It is not clear at this point if voters will also elect the individual to serve as the Republic's next President on the April 5th date or if the Presidential election will be scheduled for a later period. Recent changes in Indonesia's election laws will see the first direct election of a President at the 2004 polls.