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Jakarta Post

Rethinking elections, decentralization, parties

  • Owen Podger
    Owen Podger

    Professional associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, the University of Canberra

Canberra   /   Fri, July 5, 2019   /  05:16 pm
Rethinking elections, decentralization, parties A woman scrutinizes a list of Regional Representatives Council (DPD) candidates at the General Elections Commission (KPU). (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

Those who prepared the regulations for the recent general elections and those who managed the process down to each polling booth have my sincere respect. Electing thousands of representatives from tens of thousands of candidates, on one day, employing millions of volunteers, to comply with a difficult law, was too ambitious. The flaws in this year’s election process are more than just the overburden of workers, hoax after hoax, and the burden of managing objections. The elections were more than just implementing the Election Law. The difficulty of voters in making choices, especially for the national legislature and local councils, can also be blamed on the Political Party Law, and on political parties. It is hard to know what parties and candidates stand for, and those with policies all focus on national issues when most of the candidates are for local legislative councils. ...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.