Govt to consider issuing poll rules for new provinces

Govt to consider issuing poll rules for new provinces

Screenshot—Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, in a short video broadcast by Kemenko Polhukam RI YouTube channel, accessed from here on Friday (July 1, 2022). (ANTARA/Tri Meilani Ameliya)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The government will consider creating a new legal basis to accommodate the three new Papuan provinces for the 2024 General Elections, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD has informed.

"(The government) is currently considering the legal basis (for the election)," he stated here on Monday.

The government will consider several issues before finalizing the legal basis, including the arrangement of the members of parliament and regional legislatures that will be selected in the 2024 elections, the coordinating minister added.

"That will be the principal issue, while other (issues) would appear by itself after the main issue has been resolved," he remarked.

Earlier, legislator from Commission II of the House of Representatives (DPR RI), Guspardi Gaus, informed that the parliamentary commission has agreed to recommend that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) issue a Government Regulation in lieu of the law on the 2024 General Elections.

"So far, DPR RI Commission II has agreed that the drafting of a government regulation will be preferred to fill the legal vacuum in the 2024 elections for those (new provinces rather) than revising Law No. 7 of 2017 of General Elections," Gaus said here on Sunday (July 3).

The parliamentary commission has affirmed that the President must issue a government regulation for elections in the three new Papuan provinces and the new capital Nusantara, he noted.

Party factions at the commission have concurred that revising the electoral law will take more time and may encroach other parts beyond the aspects necessary to accommodate the new provinces, the legislator said.

"We only want to fill the legal vacuum on the elections due to the establishment of three new provinces in Papua and the new capital," Gaus remarked. 

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