KPU anticipates last-minute outcome from deadlocked House deliberation
Margareth S. Aritonang
The Jakarta Post
The General Elections Commission (KPU) has taken measures to anticipate last-minute approval of a bill that will set guidelines for the election body ahead of the country’s first simultaneous legislative and presidential elections in 2019.
The KPU has prepared two different drafts of its regulations, known as PKPU, to anticipate any outcome from the deliberation at the House of Representatives. The House deliberation is currently facing deadlock due to prolonged differences among House factions over five key issues, including the presidential nomination threshold and the electoral threshold, for securing seats in the House.
The measures were announced by KPU chief Arief Budiman before a meeting on Monday with lawmakers of a special committee in charge of the deliberation.
"We have prepared two different PKPU drafts. One of them comprises technicalities that interpret the old election law, while the other contains elements that are stipulated by the election bill," Arief said.
“This is just in case [the House and the government decide to] use the old election law, as we have learned that discussions might lead to it,” he added.
The House’s special committee is expected to make a final decision later today. (ipa)
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