Therefore, the open proportional system is far more democratic than the closed proportional system.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The open proportional election system is worth preserving because it has been proven to be more representative and democratic, chief of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) faction at the House of Representatives (DPR) Jazuli Juwaini said.

The open proportional election system, which has been in effect since the 2009 general elections, is an improvement of the closed proportional election system, particularly in the effort to strengthen the constituency and legitimacy of elected legislative members and constituents, he explained here on Friday.

"Therefore, the open proportional system is far more democratic than the closed proportional system," he said.

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He made the remarks in response to a call for a judicial review of Article 168, Paragraph (2) of the Election Law. The article governs the open proportional election system.

The open proportional system is more democratic because it provides equal and fair space for legislative candidates to compete in the elections and attract voters.

Juwaini said that whoever wins the most votes and whose political party secures parliamentary seats deserves to become the people's representative.

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"The degree of the candidates' legitimacy can also be accounted for rationally and objectively," he added.

In addition, people can also interact and directly get to know the legislative candidate they will vote for. Thus, both sides can make a political contract and monitor their performance in the next five years.

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