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Should Indonesia have local polls in 2022? The answer could shape 2024 presidential race 

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 3, 2021   /  05:28 pm
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Get ready: An election official moves a ballot box from the Ciamis Regional Elections (Pilkada) logistics warehouse in Ciamis regency, West Java, on Feb. 28, 2020. (Antara/Adeng Bustomi)

The current election law was only enacted three years ago—but the Indonesian political elites are already debating the possibility of revising it again.  While the proposed revisions concern an array of electoral issues—ranging from a plan to bar members of outlawed organizations from running in elections to the threshold for nominating presidential candidates—the debate clearly centers on the question of whether the nation should hold regional elections in 2022 or push them until 2024, as mandated by the current law.  The matter is more than just a technicality, with analysts saying that the date of the next regional elections could be game-changing for the 2024 presidential race. Popular regional leaders and potential presidential candidates, such as Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil and Central Java Governor Ganjar Prabo...