General Elections Law: NasDem Backs Govt' for No Revisions

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  • Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate. TEMPO/Ahmad Tri Hawaari

    Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate. TEMPO/Ahmad Tri Hawaari

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - NasDem Party secretary-general Johnny G. Plate said on Thursday, February 25, 2021, that the party officially supports the decision taken by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo who had decided not to revise Law No.7/2017 on the general election.

    The statement comes in contradiction to the NasDem Party's initial stand that pushed for the General Elections Law (UU Pemilu) to be revised, including to "normalize" the regional elections of 2022 and 2023. 

    NasDem previously called for some changes to be implemented on the Article that oversees parliamentary threshold, proposing to increase the minimum threshold from 4 percent to 7 percent. Johnny said that this was initially brought to light in 2016 when the law was being formulated and that NasDem chairman Surya Paloh pressed for this proposal to be revised.

    However, the party changed its views after the government decided not to implement any change to the General Elections Law, asserting that the party will align with the government's views. 

    "NasDem asserts its stand to support the decision made by Jokowi and Ma’ruf Amin’s administration related to the General Elections Law," said Johnny in a press conference on Thursday, February 25, 2021. 

    Johnny said that NasDem will continue to prepare itself ahead of participating in the 2024 Simultaneous General Elections (Pemilu). 

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