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Jakarta Post

Four new parties to take part in 2019 elections

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 17, 2018   /   02:49 pm
Four new parties to take part in 2019 elections A General Elections Commission (KPU) mascot for the 2018 regional elections stands in front of the KPU building in Jakarta on Jan. 18. The mascot - named Coklit - is being used to raise awareness of a KPU campaign to verify and update voter data. The campaign was launched on Jan. 20. JP/Rifky Dewandaru (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

Four new contenders are set to stand in the 2019 general election after the General Elections Commission (KPU) declared on Saturday that 14 political parties had qualified for the ballot, up from 10 parties in 2014.

During a plenary meeting in Central Jakarta, KPU leaders announced the 14 political parties: the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Democratic Party, the Gerindra Party, the Golkar Party, the Hanura Party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Awakening Party (PKB), the NasDem Party, the United Development Party (PPP), the Garuda Party,  the United Indonesia Party (Perindo), the Berkarya Party and the Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI).

The last four of the parties listed above will participate in a general election for the first time.

The KPU has assessed three aspects for the central level verification: the existence of core management at the central executive board, female representation within the party and the party’s office building.

Following the KPU’s announcement, PAN representatives were jubilant, shouting “We are ready for next year’s election and ready to win!”

One of the newcomers, the PSI, was declared the party with the highest number of female members, amounting 66 percent of its total membership.

“Fighting for women’s interests is best done by female representatives,” PSI deputy chair Isyana Bagoes Oka said. (gis/swd)