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PDI-P, Golkar push for election law amendment

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 18 2020   /  01:09 am

Amid a bribery scandal that has seen the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) allegedly unlawfully trying to secure a legislative seat for its favored candidate, lawmakers from government parties are pushing a law amendment that would make the practice legal. Members from the PDI-P and the Golkar Party — the two largest political parties in the House of Representatives and largest supporters of the government — have rallied support for a revision to Law No. 7/2017 on elections that would change the current open-list voting system that allows legislative candidates with the most votes to automatically secure seats after elections into a closed-list system that would grant political parties the power to decide which candidates would represent them in legislative bodies. Both the PDI-P and Golkar argue that a new electoral system would reduce vote-buying and the fierce...