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Jakarta Post

'Threat to democracy': Minor parties lambast plan to raise legislative threshold

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 15, 2020   /  12:50 pm
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A man casts a ballot during a revote at a polling station in Ciputat, South Tangerang, Banten, in April 2019. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

Three political parties that control a small number of seats in the House of Representatives have objected to a plan to increase the legislative threshold for the 2024 elections, arguing that it would undermine the country’s democracy. Major parties in the House are seeking to raise the requirement to acquire seats in the House from 4 percent of the national vote to 7 percent, in a draft bill dated May 6 to revise the 2017 General Elections Law. The proposal was reportedly first drafted by the Golkar Party, which received the third most votes in the 2019 elections with 12.31 percent, and the NasDem Party, which came fifth with 9.05 percent of the vote. The Democratic Party, the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the United Development Party (PPP) – the three parties at risk of losing representation in the House in 2024 if a higher threshold is introduced – demand th...