IO – The General Election Commission (KPU) has begun to prepare simula tions for the implementation of simul taneous elections in 2024. Not only the presidential (Pilpres) and legisla tive (Pileg) elections will be held, but also regional head elections (Pilkada). “The Election Laws which are still
in effect today are used as the legal basis for the simultaneous elections in 2024, so a simulation of the stages that intersect with each other can be obtained,” said KPU member Hasyim Asy’ari in a written statement, Mon day ( 15/2/2021). Hasyim said there are several provisions in the Election Law and the Pilkada Law that must be considered. In the Election Law Article 167 paragraphs 2, 3, 6, and 7, where the day, date. and time of voting for the election is determined by KPU, with the voting held simul taneously on holidays or days that are nationally declared as working holidays.
Furthermore, the stages of or ganizing the election begin no later than 20 months before voting day. Then the determination of the elected candidate pair no later than 14 days before the end of the term of office of the President and Vice President.
Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker of the Indonesian Parliament M. Azis Syamsuddin expressed his appreciation to the KPU, which has prepared a simulation scheme and scheduling of the simultaneous General Elec tion (Pemilu), and Regional Head Election (Pilkada) which will be held in 2024. Azis hopes that if the sim ulation scheme is implemented, the KPU can conduct massive socializa tion from an early point.
“This is to make it easier for the public and related parties to better understand the process of imple menting the 2024 simultaneous elections,” said Azis in his official statement, Tuesday (16/2/2021). The Golkar Party politician hopes that the KPU can look back on the shortcomings and problems that occurred in the 2019 Election pro cess, in terms of implementation and so on.
This is done in order for the shortcomings of the 2019 Election to be minimized or avoided in 2024. “Of course, in terms of timing, the simultaneous Legislative Election, Presidential Election, and Regional Head Election in 2024 will coincide and will be draining. The KPU must be able to prepare for the needs of organizing personnel, both physi cally, mentally, and technological ly,” said the Chairman of the DPR RI Coordinator for Political and Se curity Affairs (Korpolkam).
Azis wants the election admin istering institution to make KPU regulations (PKPU) on an age limit for polling organizers (KPPS) to be raised higher. He emphasized that this was to prevent fatigue, because the distance coincided which had an impact on physicality and time.
“I hope the maximum age limit for KPPS officers will be 45 years and the youngest still 20 years of age,” he advised. Azis said at the 2020 simultaneous regional elections, the lowest age was 20 years and the maximum age was 50 years as reg ulated in PKPU Number 6 of 2020 concerning Pilkada in Non-Natural COVID-19 Disaster.
Furthermore, Azis proposes that the witness’ fund budget be includ ed in the 2024 state budget (APBN). According to him, this is because not all parties can have a witness bud get that is large enough to cover as a whole. “This step is for cost effi ciency for every political party and to prevent differences between large and small parties. Do not let any party lack a budget for witnesses, because they are unable to finance it,” concluded the legislator for the Lampung electoral district. (des)