Looking at 2024, Bawaslu pinpoints potential disputes

Potential disputes during the run-up to the 2024 general elections, one aspect of which is the verifcation of political parties. Photo: wikipedia

IO – Coordinator of the Dispute Resolution Division of the General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Rahmat Bagja has reported that he identifies potential disputes in the 2024 general elections. An example is the verification of political parties and participating candidates. 

Bagja mentioned that potential conflicts could also occur during the confirmation of the provisional candidate list, the permanent candidate list and presidential and vice-presidential candidates. 

Other disputes are predicted to arise after the confirmation of the final electoral roll, during campaigns, among candidates, between candidates and the election administrators, and during the mandated reporting of campaign fund disbursement. “These are the commonest issues in the 2024 general elections,” said Bagja, as quoted from the Bawaslu website, Sunday (2/13/2022). 

To anticipate such problems, Bagja said Bawaslu would continue to improve its reporting system, including online-based reports. It will also empower its human resources and align its perception with that of the State Administrative Court. “Another preparatory measure is by conducting socialization and education on dispute resolution as a preventative strategy, as according to Law No. 7 of 2017, process disputes are to be avoided,” he explained. 

Bagja stated that Bawaslu’s dispute resolution authority is fundamental to protect political participants from being aggrieved by election administrators’ decisions. “This is the function of Bawaslu, considering how the political right to be elected is one of the civil and political rights stipulated in the human rights law,” he said. (des)