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Nudging legislative constraints in constitutional amendment

  • Noory Okthariza
    Noory Okthariza

    Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 23, 2019   /  09:30 am
Nudging legislative constraints in constitutional amendment The public was shocked when a number of controversial bills were about to be passed, though delayed. But what was not realized all around was the fact that all the bills had been approved in their entirety by virtually all political parties, without any meaningful debate or contention among themselves. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

In heated debates on the already sinking quality of democracy in Indonesia, the issue of legislative power should be amplified as the House of Representatives essentially has more than enough clout to roll back the current political system. We were all astounded when a bill to revise the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law was passed. Similarly, the public was shocked when a number of controversial bills were about to be passed, though delayed. But what was not realized all around was the fact that all the bills had been approved in their entirety by virtually all political parties, without any meaningful debate or contention among themselves. This perfect concurrence reflects that internal accountability within the House hardly exists. It has been arduous to make politicians accountable during “normal” times. Now without dissenting views over major issues...

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