Between Open and Closed Proportional Representation System

Thursday, 04 May 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB - Politics

Chairman of General Elections Commission (KPU), Arief Budiman, became a spokesperson for "Coffee Morning" show at KPU office, Jakarta, Tuesday (2/5). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung stated that the government is still confident they will finish the Bill on General Elections in May after he attended a closed meeting at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Tuesday (2/5) evening. He claimed there are some crucial matters in the arrangement of Bill on General Elections.

However, the Cabinet Secretary believes that the issue would be resolved in time. "There are some crucial matters, there are different opinions on some issues, such as the choice between open and closed proportional representation system, presidential threshold, parliamentary threshold, and the method of vote counting in electoral districts. However, we’re confident about it because the Bill is now in the hands of the Work Committee and Special Committee, I hope it will be finished soon," Pramono said to journalists.

If the issues were not resolved on time, the Cabinet Secretary said they will make a decision just like they used to. "If it were unresolved, the previous Law will be applied. The House of Representatives usually finishes the Bill in the last minutes," Pramono said.

Speaking about the government’s initiation, Secretary Cabinet Pramono Anung pointed out that the government always tries to facilitate it, and it has reached the final to choose the points reported by the Internal Affairs Minister.

However, regarding the choice between open and closed proportional representation system, the Cabinet Secretary said they will decide later.

Although the government hasn’t declared their decision, the House tends to choose open proportional representation system. "I see that open proportional representation system will attract more public participation, and it will improve people’s political knowledge and welfare, so they will choose the best candidates," said the House Deputy Chairman Fadli Zon.

Speaking about the General Elections system, KPU trusts the House to make the decision in choosing between open and closed proportional representation system. "KPU doesn’t want to be involved in it because it’s very political. However, KPU will help with the technical aspects, KPU doesn’t want to be dragged into the issue. We trust the House to handle the system, we will work on the technical matters," said the KPU Chairman, Arief Budiman, at KPU Office, Jalan Imam Bonjol, Central Jakarta, Tuesday (2/5). (dtc)