President Jokowi Appreciates Bawaslu Performances

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 10 April 2017
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Chairman of Bawaslu for the 2012-2017 period delivers a press statement at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Monday (10/4). (Photo: PR/Jay)

Chairman of Bawaslu for the 2012-2017 period delivers a press statement at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Monday (10/4). (Photo: PR/Jay)

The Elections Supervisory Agency of the Republic of Indonesia (Bawaslu) for the 2012-2017 period submitted the results of the election supervision to President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Monday (10/4). In his report, the Bawaslu delivered supervision results that have been carried out by the officials at the central, provincial, regency/city, subdistrict, village levels and the observers at the polling stations (TPS). “We submit the report of complete supervision in a book since 2012, the implementation of the 2013 election supervision report, the results of the election supervision for members of the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) and the results of Presidential election supervision and supervision results of the first phase of the 2015 simultaneous elections. And most recently in our report is the result of supervision of the simultaneous regional elections of the second phase on 15 February 2017,” said Chairman of Bawaslu Muhammad.

Some of the issues discussed, according to Muhammad, were the President asked what the challenges in the General Election and the supervision for the 2019 Election which will be conducted simultaneously for the first time. “Five of us and Pak Secretary General made it clear from the evaluation of the supervisory ranks what needs to be paid attention, including from the Government and internal office, what should be done by the ranks of election supervisors,” Muhammad said.

In principle, Muhammad continued, President Jokowi appreciated and respected the hard work and dedication of election supervisors throughout Indonesia. He also said that the President expressed his hope that in the future, the supervision strategies and various matters related to the improvement of the role of Bawaslu functions could be enhanced. “The point is, once again the Presidebnt expressed thanks and appreciation to Bawaslu and all ranks for the performances, professionalism, and for being independent in safeguarding the election processes in Indonesia,” Muhammad said.

Discussion on Election Bill

Meanwhile, responding to the questions about the simultaneous elections, Muhammad explained that because he never had the experience regarding the simultaneous elections, so he asked for the President’s help through coordination between state institutions so that the bill can be effective in terms of stipulation to become law. “We have also prepared a number of notes and results which we will submit to the Commissioners of Bawaslu due to be sworn in by the President tomorrow. In shaa Allah, our successors will find it not too difficult to handle this because the Bawaslu rules are also largely from some Commissioners who have already become the organizer at the provincial level,” Muhammad added.

When it comes to the violations, Muhammad said that the President is aware that it is impossible for Bawaslu to solve all the problems of election violations. “The President gives appreciation and Alhamdulillah, most violations have been handled properly in accordance with the criteria of laws and regulations. The President hopes that in the future, law enforcement can be more effective given the challenges facing the election will be greater,” Muhammad concluded. (FID/DNA/JAY/EN) (MUR/YM/Naster).

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