JAKARTADAILY.ID - The Indonesia Corruption Watch has requested political parties who participated in proposing the postponement of the 2024 General Election to cancel the proposal.
The Coordinator of ICW's Political Corruption Division, Egi Primayogha, assessed that delaying the 2024 elections would threaten Indonesia's democratic process and potentially lead to authoritarian leadership.
"Therefore, ICW urges PKB, PAN, and Golkar, as well as other political parties that agree to postpone the 2024 election, to immediately withdraw their statements," said Egi in a written statement, Wednesday, March 2, 2022.
According to Egi, the proposed postponement of the 2024 general election has actually harmed Indonesia's reform mandate, sparked public anger, disrupted the democratic and legal order, and provided poor political education for the people.
"The ICW urges all political parties to be consistent with KPU Decree Number 21 of 2022 which has been ratified together with Commission II of the DPR-RI, the government, and election organizers," added Egi.
In addition, ICW also reminded other political parties to stick to the election law and not to follow the steps of PKB, Golkar, and PAN of postponing the 2024 General Election.
"The ICW asks President Joko Widodo to firmly reject the discourse of postponing the election and to follow the election schedule that has been set by the KPU based on consultations with the government and the DPR," said Egi.
The ICW said that the reason for the election delay, which was economic stability, was considered irrelevant. Because, in terms of economic growth, the Indonesian economy grew by 7.07 percent (YoY) in the second quarter of 2021 and has the potential to increase in 2022.
In addition, the simultaneous regional elections in 2020 have also been well held in 270 regions and implemented health protocols in an orderly manner.
In addition, the simultaneous regional elections in 2020 have also been well held in 270 regions and health protocols were implemented in an orderly manner.
"Therefore, no 'election clusters' [of COVID-19] were found prior to the election as feared. The participation rate in the 2020 Simultaneous Regional Elections has even reached 76.09 percent,” added Egi. “So, the postponement of the 2024 election on the grounds of the COVID-19 pandemic is not relevant enough."
The article was translated from Pikiran-Rakyat.com's article titled "Pantik Kemarahan Publik, ICW Minta Parpol Tak Ikut Arus Tolak Penundaan Pemilu 2024".
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