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Political overhaul: Lawmakers prepare omnibus laws to change electoral system

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 13, 2020   /  08:15 am
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Lawmakers discuss the election bill at the House of Representatives in Jakarta in this May 2019 photo.(Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

The government and lawmakers have agreed to produce omnibus laws that will serve as umbrella legislation for a variety of laws related to politics, with the main objective being to merge revisions of all regulations on politics and elections into comprehensive legislation. Through the deliberation of the draft omnibus laws, the lawmakers will also probably revise the existing electoral systems, including whether elections should be held simultaneously. Home Minister Tito Karnavian met on Wednesday with secretaries-general from political parties at the House of Representatives to discuss the issue. Home Ministry acting director-general for politics and government Bahtiar said that by drafting compatible legislation on elections, he hoped there would be no need for law amendments every time the country organized elections, as occurs today. He said some issues might surface duri...