Elections Commission proposes 2024 Election preparation within 30 months

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Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum – “KPU”) Commissioner Viryan Azis. (Photo: KPU Doc.)

IO – Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum – “KPU”) Commissioner Viryan Azis has stated that the Commission means to organize the 2024 Elections earlier, in anticipation of the lack of any revision to Election Law Number 7 of 2017. If the Elections Law is not revised, Presidential Elections, Legislative Elections, and Regional Elections will be piled up together in 2024.

“KPU plans to organize electoral stages earlier. In other words, we will not be spending 20 months to prepare, as was the case in the 2019 Elections; the 2024 Elections will be much more complex, necessitating earlier preparations,” Viryan said. “KPU RI wants to prepare the 2024 Elections the best it can. The principle is to start earlier instead, and not be rushed later. 30 months is sufficient to start preparing, so it’s possible that we will start preparing for the 2024 Elections in mid-2021. However, we are still discussing this plan as part of the 2024 Elections simulations we are preparing.”

Earlier, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno stated that the Government does not wish for Law Number 1 of 2016 and Law Number 7 of 2017 concerning Elections to be revised, “…because it takes so much time, money, and effort to revise laws. Therefore, laws should not be easily revised. They should be planned and thought out properly before being enacted” he said recently.

Pratikno went on to say that regulations that are already satisfactory within the Elections Law should be kept, especially since this Law has successfully structured the organization of the 2019 Elections. Even if there are flaws in this Law, KPU can amend its Regulations to cover the lack instead. “Seriously, are we going to amend a Law even before it is implemented? Especially since the House and the President jointly agreed on it already,” he said. (des)