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Draft bylaws piling up month before term ends for Jakarta councillors

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 17, 2019   /  08:58 am
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and members of the City Council take part in a special plenary meeting to celebrate Jakarta's 492nd anniversary on June 22.(Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

With just one month left before the end of their term, sitting Jakarta councillors have been criticized for putting off the deliberation of crucial draft bylaws as well as meetings to determine a new deputy governor. The council has yet to endorse any of the 18 draft bylaws listed in this year’s legislative program (Prolegda). The 2014-2019 city council term ends next month, with councillors securing seats in April’s legislative election to be inaugurated on Aug. 26. However, the deputy head of the council’s legislation body, Merry Hotma, put the blame on the city administration. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician said the administration should not have taken so long to submit this year’s draft bylaws, as 14 of the 18 drafts had been proposed by the executive. “[Progress] depends on the executive. We have been waiting ...