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House factions suggest lower presidential threshold

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Pasangan capres-cawapres nomor urut 01 Joko Widodo (kedua kiri) dan Ma'ruf Amin (kiri) serta pasangan nomor urut 02 Prabowo Subianto (kedua kanan) dan Sandiaga Uno (kanan) bersiap mengikuti debat kelima Pilpres 2019 di Hotel Sultan, Jakarta, Sabtu (13/4/2019). Debat kelima tersebut mengangkat tema Ekonomi dan Kesejahteraan Sosial, Keuangan dan Investasi serta Perdagangan dan Industri. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Several factions at the House of Representatives as well as political experts have suggested lowering or eliminating the vote threshold for political parties to nominate presidential candidates. Article 222 of the 2017 Elections Law states that a political party or coalition of parties must have secured at least 20 percent of the seats at the House of Representatives or 25 percent of the popular vote in the 2014 elections to nominate a presidential candidate in the 2019 elections. The same type of provision has been included in a draft dated May 6 to revise the Elections Law in preparation for the next elections. The draft was prepared by House Commission II, which oversees home affairs, and the House Expertise Board. During a hearing by the commission on Wednesday, some experts recommended a reduction of the threshold to facilitate more presidential candidates. Political ...