LP3ES Researchers The Value of Single Candidates in the 2020 Pilkada Is a Bad Precedent
, Jakarta - Researcher at the Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education and Information (LP3ES), Wijayanto, assessed that the existence of a single candidate in the 2020 Regional Head Election or Pilkada is a bad precedent for democracy in Indonesia.
"The existence of a single candidate is a bad precedent for democracy because public choices are limited. If there is only one candidate, the public has limited choices," said Wijayanto in an online discussion, Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
According to him, the existence of a single candidate made the public only face two choices, namely choosing an existing candidate or not choosing a candidate at all. "If there are more candidates it will be good news for democracy because we give choices to the public," he said.
Wijayanto assessed that the phenomenon of a single candidate makes the vision and mission of the candidate for regional head less sharp because there is no comparison with the vision and mission of other candidates. "Nobody criticizes the vision and mission of a candidate pair so that the vision and mission is not sharp, nothing sharpens. We lose the opportunity to contest the vision and mission of more than one candidate," he said.
The existence of a single candidate in the 2020 Pilkada, he continued, proves that political parties have failed in carrying out regeneration to produce the next leader. Wijayanto is of the view that the stagnation of regeneration and regeneration in political parties is currently a homework to be done.
He considered that when the reformation period had entered its two decades, there were still oligarchic parties. "There are party leaders who don't change, there is inequality there, even though political parties are the pillars of democracy," he said.
Previously, the General Election Commission ( KPU ) said that there were 25 districts / cities that had a single candidate in the 2020 Pilkada. The total number of candidate pairs participating in the Pilkada was 738 pairs. They consist of 25 pairs of candidates for governor and deputy governor and 612 pairs of candidates for regents / mayors and vice regents / deputy mayors.