TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) handed over the Static Archives of Bawaslu Regulation and the Decision of Code of Ethics Violations to the National Archives. Bawaslu Head Muhammad said that the submission of the archives reflects a synergy between the two institutions in relation to election supervision documents archiving.
He revealed that Bawaslu is aiming at being the leading institution of election supervision for democratic countries.
“There are only a few [of democratic countries] with election supervisory institutions. Indonesia is the leading country [in terms of election supervision,” he said at his office in Jakarta on Monday, November 28, 2016.
Bawaslu secretary general Gunawan Suswantoro said that the documents archiving was aimed at recording the history of election supervision. According to him, Indonesia has become an election laboratory in the world with archives being maintained at Bawaslu and the National Archives.
National Archives director Mustari Irawan said that Bawaslu had submitted the static archives for the third time. Law No. 43/2009 on archives requires all state institutions to submit static archives to the National Archives.
Mustari revealed that the National Archives has maintained election documents since 1955. He added that elections must be monitored to ensure that they are in accordance with the principles of democracy, and each process will be recorded in an archive.