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Jakarta Post

Lawmaker urges Jokowi to sign new elections bill into law

  • Erika Anindita Dewi
    Erika Anindita Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 17, 2016   /  08:51 pm
Lawmaker urges Jokowi to sign new elections bill into law Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo (front left) speaks with Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly (front right) during the plenary meeting that passed the bill to revise the Regional Elections Law at the House of Representatives on June 2. (Antara/Yudhi Mahatma)

A lawmaker is pushing the government to immediately sign the bill containing revisions of the 2015 Regional Elections Law so that it can be used for public purposes.

The House of Representatives had passed the draft revision of the Regional Elections Law on June 2. However, the bill has not yet been signed into law and numbered by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration.

The future law will be needed for the second stage of the simultaneous regional elections that are to take place in several provinces in February 2017, as the preparations for the elections would be starting this year, lawmaker Ateria Dahlan from Commission II overseeing internal affairs said on Friday.

"We hope the numbering doesn't take too long because the law will be the reference for rule-making in the election," lawmaker Arteria Dahlan of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) told journalists at the House complex.

Jokowi needs to sign the bill before it becomes law.

The Constitution stipulates that after a bill has been jointly approved by the legislature and the government, if President does not sign it into law within 30 days then it automatically becomes law without his signature.

House Commission II chairman Rambe Kamarulzaman claimed the House had forwarded the bill to Jokowi on June 10 through the State Secretariat. 

However, the Home Ministry's director general of regional autonomy, Sumarsono, said on Thursday that the government had not yet received the bill from the House of Representatives. (rin)

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