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Constituency debate appears likely to stall election bill

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 4 2011   /  07:00 am

Major political parties have proposed an increase in the number of electoral districts or constituencies, in a move aimed at simplifying the electoral system, but analysts have warned the policy could encourage gerrymandering.

The polarizing proposal, which has been opposed by smaller parties, will likely further stall the ongoing deliberation on a revision of the general election law, as legislators were still bogged down in a debate about increasing the parliamentary threshold from the current 2.5 percent.

The Golkar Party, the country’s second-biggest political party based on legislative seats, is in the forefront of pushing the proposal. Priyo Budi Santoso, a Golkar executive who is also a House of Representatives deputy speaker, said that his party had proposed that the number of constituencies be raised to about 100 from the current 77.

“Expanding constitue...