"The 2014 elections will determine the fate of Indonesia. The people must be very careful in choosing a leader because it will serve as a key to deciding the nation`s fate," Mahfud MD, who is also a former chairman of the Constitutional Court (MK), told a seminar at the Pasundan University in Bandung, West Java, on Saturday.
He said that the people should have understood who they had to choose after having a lesson from the previous elections and their dynamism as well as their results in the government and in the House of Representatives.
Mahfud acknowledged that one of the problems facing the state now was in the political parties. He said that political parties needed to improve their performance in order to increase the quality of the governance.
"The political parties must improve their performance. It is one of the problems nowadays. The quality of political parties now is all equal. They also have the same problem. None of them has better condition than the others," he said.
This problem, he said, must receive attention from the public and the political parties themselves. When a political party was playing a big role, it should also increase the quality of its political performance.
"Improvement must simultaneously be made and political parties must be aware of this. The people must also be sensitive and be careful in selecting their leaders," Mahfud added.
Indonesia will hold a legislative election on April 9, 2014, and a presidential election on July 9, 2014.
The general elections will be organized by Indonesia`s General Elections Commission (KPU) with the cooperation of concerned institutions such as the General Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), the National Police, and the Government Goods and Service Procurement Policy Agency (LKPP).
In the meantime, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has recently asked all regional heads to play active roles in ensuring stability and security in the run-up to the 2014 general elections.
"Let us keep in mind that the political climate this year until the 2014 general elections will increase and has the potential to disturb social and political security. If the political competition is not managed well, it will have an effect on our economy," the president said.