PDIP: Elections can build political stability

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Hasto Kristiyanto
Secretary-General of the DPP Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Hasto Kristiyanto. Photo: DOC. PDI PERJUANGAN

IO – Secretary-General of the DPP Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Hasto Kristiyanto has opined that two presidential and vice-presidential candidate pairs would be ideal in the 2024 presidential election.

He believes that if more candidate pairs are allowed, the presidential election will be forced to run two rounds. “Having more candidates will raise the potential for a two-round election. This means that people would have to pay extra costs for the election. Thus, we hope that the idea of just two presidential candidate pairs can be realized,” said Hasto, Monday (12/20).

Hasto said his party expects that elections can build political stability. They should not divide the nation.

He said the quality of a leader is not determined by the number of candidate pairs participating in the contest. The presidential election should be conducted with minimum costs, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

On the other hand, Ujang Komarudin, the Executive Director of Indonesia Political Review, said that the most reasonable possibility is to have three candidate pairs in the 2024 presidential election. He based his assessment on the current political map and rules for nominating presidential candidates.

He believes that every presidential and vice-presidential pair competing in the 2024 presidential election will have around 30-40% of political parties’ votes.

“According to the regulations, 20% of the House’s votes and 25% of the national votes are possible with three pairs of candidates. It’s unlikely that one pair would only get 20%, as it’s usually 40%,” said Ujang.

He explained that having three candidate pairs in the 2024 presidential election is highly likely without incumbent candidates. So, he believes that there is only a small chance that the 2024 election will only have two candidate pairs.

Yet, he also said that the coalition of political parties is still quite dynamic. Ujang said that he could not foresee which political parties would form a partnership to nominate a candidate pair in the upcoming 2024 presidential election. (des)