Pan Politician Proposes Threshold For Nominating The Lowered Local Election

PAN Politician Proposes Threshold for Nominating the Lowered Local Election

Officers spray disinfectant liquid during simulations of the 2020 Simultaneous Election in the KPU Office, Jakarta, July 22, 2020. The General Election Commission (KPU) held a simulation of voting by implementing strict health protocols as an effort to prevent COVID-19 in the Simultaneous Election in 2020 which was held at December 9, 2020. TEMPO / M Taufan Rengganis

Officers spray disinfectant liquid during simulations of the 2020 Simultaneous Election in the KPU Office, Jakarta, July 22, 2020. The General Election Commission (KPU) held a simulation of voting by implementing strict health protocols as an effort to prevent COVID-19 in the Simultaneous Election in 2020 which was held at December 9, 2020. TEMPO / M Taufan Rengganis

, Jakarta - The National Mandate Party (PAN) politician, Guspardi Gaus, suggested that the threshold for nominating regional heads in the regional head election be reduced. The aim is to present many candidates that the community can choose from.

"We are the initiators from the very beginning. It means that by lowering the threshold for the nomination of regional heads, there will be more opportunities for candidates for regents, mayors and governors," said the Member of the House of Representatives Commission II in Jakarta, Sunday, August 2 2020

In Article 40 paragraph (1) of Law Number 10 Year 2016 concerning Pilkada it is stated that political parties or political parties can register candidate pairs if they have met the acquisition requirements of at least 20 percent of the total number of DPRD seats or 25 percent of the accumulation of valid votes in the election general DPRD members in the area concerned.

Guspardi did not mention with certainty the decrease in the number of thresholds for the elections in the elections. However, the requirements mentioned in the Local Election Law of 20 percent are considered too heavy so that it raises the potential of a candidate to buy up support.

According to him, if the practice of buying up support is still carried out then there is the potential for a candidate to appear against an empty box (no opponents) and that is not good for political education in Indonesia.

"For example, in the parliament the threshold is 4 percent, just like the president and the regional head elections so that people have many choices. In essence, the support requirements do not need to be increased so that people have many choices to determine who will be the leader in the regions," he said.

He said a reduction in the local election threshold could avoid opportunities for political transactions between candidates, that is, candidates could "buy" and be able to get the support and recommendations of all parties. Indirectly the chances of a candidate pair against an empty box will not occur. "

The most important thing is to avoid any candidate who tries to buy or embrace all political parties because of the strict requirements so that there will be a single candidate, "he said. According to Guspardi, regional head candidates who oppose empty contacts should not occur in Indonesian democracy because they do not good for political education.

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