Gerindra, Hanura Push for Presidential Threshold Elimination

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4 July 2013 00:30 WIB

Illustration of 2014 general elections. ANTARA/Widodo S. Jusuf

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) called for the removal of the threshold for the 2014 presidential elections. These parties demand election regulation to be based on the 1945 Constitution again.  

Secretary of the Gerindra faction, Ahmad Muzani, said if they refer to the 1945 Constitution and the law on politics, a party only requires a parliamentary threshold of 3.5 percent. 

The same argument was put forth by Hanura’s deputy secretary general Saleh Husin. 

"According to the 1945 Constitution, everyone has the right to be nominated. That is why the parliamentary threshold should be enough," he said Tuesday. 

Lawmakers are currently discussion the amendment of Law No. 42/ 2008 about the presidential elections yet the nine factions in the House of Representatives (DPR) have reached a standstill regarding the presidential threshold. 

Some demand the threshold to be at 3.5 percent, some at 10 percent, and some even request it at 20 percent. During the 2009 elections, the threshold for the 2014 presidential elections was 20 percent from the seats at the House and 25 percent from national votes.

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