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The Selection of General Election Commission (KPU) and Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) Members

On Monday, April 3rd, House of Representative’s Commission II started carrying out fit and proper test to select commissisoners of the General Election Commission (KPU). As for the General Election Supervisory Board –Bawaslu, the test is held on Tuesday, April 4th. This selection is quite important, because the incumbent commissioners will end their term of office next 12 April and should be replaced immediately for the next 5-year period. On the other hand, the Parliament still has not yet discussed the Draft Law after the election results and its contents are closely related to the performance of General Election Commissions -KPU and General Election Supervisory Board - Bawaslu future periods.

Related to the fit and proper test of KPU and Bawaslu for 2017-2022 period, Deputy Chairman of Commission II, Ahmad Riza Patria said that the test teams have set up a test mechanism. It is divided into three sessions for 14 KPU commissioner candidates on Monday, April 3 and two sessions for 10 Bawaslu commissioner candidates on Tuesday, April 4th. At each session, the candidates are asked to explain their vision and mission if elected Commissioner of KPU or Bawaslu. The results of the fit and proper test will be announced in House’s plenary session on 6 April.

Earlier, the chairman of House’s Special Committee on Laws, Lukman Edy said, the committee has agreed on the number of commissioners of KPU and Bawaslu to be increased by 4 members. Lukman Edy dismissed the notion that the House only adds the budget increase for the organizers of the election. He asked not only increasing the number of commissioners is highlighted, but also the overhaul of the number of members of the Commission-Bawaslu area must be seen.

Meanwhile, the coordinator of the Division of Political Corruption, Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), Donal Fariz said that both candidates for members of the KPU and Bawaslu must have not only good ability  in technocracy election, but also high integrity. In addition, the members of the KPU and Bawaslu must also have good track record, both when serving as the ommissioners for the incumbent and when they become state officials.

Cabinet Secretary, Pramono Anung said, the government is optimistic that the testing process can be completed before the deadline. However, he also ensures that the government would do some actions if until April 12, the commissioners of KPU and Bawaslu have not been elected. For example, by issuing a decree to extend the tenure of the incumbent KPU and Bawaslu commissioners.

Whoever elected as commssioners of General Election Commission (KPU) and Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) must remain neutral in doing their duties. In addition, the Commissioners must be free of interest, both in terms of political parties, groups and individuals. So, there is no suspicion among the public in the election administration. While the Commissioners of Bawaslu are expected to be more courageous to disclose errors or mistakes even the findings of fraud in the administration of elections. It requires legal umbrella to be followed up and not just statements on paper only, so that the meaning of democracy becomes apparent.

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