House leaders back simultaneous election
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Several leaders of the House of Representatives (DPR) are backing a plan to hold the presidential and legislative elections on the same day in 2014.
House Speaker Marzuki Alie said that the move would be cost-effective.
“It’s worth considering. I believe we can save time, energy and money. Voters should not waste their time going to polling stations again and again. They will also be free from incessant political campaigning, ” Marzuki told reporters.
The speaker said that a simultaneous election would also allow the General Elections Commission more time to prepare.
Deputy House Speaker Priyo Budi Santoso said that the Golkar Party had previously proposed a similar idea. “It will benefit all of us. It will also reduce conflict, as local politicians compete to win the top jobs in their regions,” he said.
Another deputy House speaker, Pramono Anung Wibowo, however, disagreed on implementing the system by 2014. “It’s not yet the right time to use such mechanism. It’s better to stick to the current system while familiarizing voters with the new method,” he said.
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