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Indonesia’s presidential election to cost $388m

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Indonesia’s presidential election scheduled for July 8 will cost the state 4 trillion rupiah ($ 388 million) if it finishes in one round, the Jakarta Post quoted General Elections Commission chief Hafiz Ashary as saying Thursday.

"The cost will increase if the election needs to be done in two rounds. We will try not to ask for additional funds except if it goes in a second round," he told a press conference.

He said the budget for the legislative and presidential elections was set at around 13.5 trillion rupiah in 2009. The commission had used 2.8 trillion rupiah of it to pay the cost of election process, which was budgeted in 2008.

"The budget for the election process in 2008 totaling 6.6 trillion rupiah was not used up and 2.8 trillion rupiah of it had been returned to the state coffers. However the use of the budget was delayed until the beginning of 2009 to cut the 2009 budget by 2.8 trillion rupiah," he said.

He said if the presidential election later went in two rounds the commission would ask for an additional fund of 2.8 trillion rupiah. "According to the government, the fund will be put in the revised budget," he said.


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