Taiwan’s employers urged to give Indonesian workers time off to vote

The April general election in Indonesia will choose the president and members of the country’s legislature

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In this Sept. 23, 2018 file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and his contender Prabowo Subianto find something to smile about.

In this Sept. 23, 2018 file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and his contender Prabowo Subianto find something to smile about. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei has urged Taiwanese to give their Indonesian employees time off on Sunday (April 14) so they can vote in the country’s general election.

The mid-April election is to choose the president and members of the country’s legislative branch, the People's Representative Council (DPR).

It is reportedly the first time in Indonesian history the country’s president, vice president, and DPR members will be elected on the same day.

More than 190 million Indonesians are eligible to vote. The figure includes overseas Indonesians, such as those who are working in Taiwan.

In a letter to Taiwanese who hire Indonesian workers, the Indonesian Economic and Trade Office asked them to give their employees time off on April 14 to cast ballots. These will be stationed at confirmed polling stations across Taiwan.

Indonesia’s Representative to Taiwan, Didi Sumedi, signed off on the letter to Taiwan employers. He said the election means a great deal to the future development of Indonesia.

For a list of all confirmed polling stations across Taiwan, please see details in the following two photos.

(courtesy of Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei)

(courtesy of Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei)