JAKARTA. The result of Limited Meeting on Revision of Law on Election at Presidential Office on Tuesday (13/9) suggested introducing limited-open election system. According to Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, the system allows public to join with political party in selection process of legislator candidates to contest in election. However, the final decision about the selection will be on political party.
Even though the limited meeting has made decision on the election system, government until Tuesday (13/9) has not yet made decision on parliamentary threshold or minimum of votes gained by political party in order to determine number of seats in both central and local parliaments (DPR and DPRD).
According to Tjahjo, government is still looking forward to having legal opinion form Ministry of Legal and Human Rights Affairs about 3.5% of parliamentary threshold, which does not affect to certain regions in Indonesia.
Tjahjo said that government will immediately delivery the revision draft to parliament or DPR, becasue Election Commission (KPU) has planned to start the initial phase of the procedures of legislative and presidential elections in July 2017.
President Joko Widodo expected that the revision draft will improve the process of election in Indonesia in the future.
President has also asked his ministers to synchronize the revision of Law on Election with other laws, such as Law No 8/2012 on Legislative Elections, Law No 42/2008 on Presidential Election, and Law No 15/2011 on the Implementation of Elections.
The synchronization is important for improving the quality of implementation of general elections in Indonesia. “I also remind that the revision should become an instrument to simplify party system, create more accountable parliament, and strengthen presidential system”, said President Joko Widodo.
As an information, revision of Law on Election was driven by Constitutional Court decision in responding to demand for judicial review over Law No 8/2012 on Legislative Elections and Law No 42/2008 on Presidential Election. Constitutional Court then decided that some articles in the laws contradicted to constitution and have to be revised. (Translator: Muhammad Farid)
Editor: Sanny Cicilia