This practice must be prevented, including at the national, provincial, and district/city levels as well
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin emphasized that places of worship and education cannot be used as campaign locations for the 2024 General Election.

"I have seen people using mosques as campaign locations. If it is not prevented, it will be used again as campaign locations," he stressed in Jakarta, Monday.

Amin conveyed the remarks during his speech at the "National Dialogue with Political Parties in the Preparation for the 2024 Election" event organized by the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) that was attended by Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian, Head of BNPT Boy Rafli Amar, and representatives of political parties.

"I think it will separate the internal sector of Islamic boarding schools and places of worship. This practice must be prevented, including at the national, provincial, and district/city levels as well," he remarked.

In order to prevent political campaigns at places of worship, the vice president urged political parties to make an integrity pact to not use identity politics that can cause polarization.

Apart from preventing polarization, he called on election participants to encourage transparency of assets in submitting State Officials Wealth Reports (LKHPN).

The obligation to submit LHKPN is stipulated in Article 37 of the General Election Commission (KPU) Regulation (PKPU) Number 20 of 2018 concerning the Election of Members of the House of Representatives (DPR), Provincial Regional Legislative Council (DPRD), and District/City DPRD, as well as Article 84A of PKPU Number 21 of 2018 concerning Amendments to PKPU Number 14 of 2018 concerning the Election of Individual Contestants General Members of the Regional Representative Council (DPD).

"Reporting assets is one aspect that must be carried out. We must report our assets and encourage others to do the same," he reminded.

In addition, the vice president expressed optimism that government programs would not be disrupted during the election.

"Do not neglect to handle stunting, extreme poverty, and inflation because we are busy campaigning. In addition, we must maintain our tax compliance because all development is financed through tax proceeds," he remarked.

The registration of presidential and vice presidential candidates is scheduled from October 19 to November 25, 2023.

Based on Law Number 7 of 2017 concerning General Elections, the presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs are proposed by political parties or coalitions of political parties participating in the election that meet the requirements for obtaining seats of at least 20 percent of the total seats in the DPR or obtaining 25 percent of the valid votes nationally in the previous parliamentary elections.

Currently, there are 575 seats in parliament. Hence, the presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs in the 2024 election must have the support of at least 115 seats in the DPR.

Candidate pairs can also be carried by political parties or a combination of political parties participating in the 2019 General Election, with a minimum total of 34,992,703 valid votes.

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