Bawaslu’s reaction to the discourse on postponing the 2024 election

Jakarta, IDN Times – Member of the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) RI Rahmat Bagja said his party together with the Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU), as election organizers, remained focused on preparing all stages of the election ahead of the voting on February 14, 2024.

“Until now, there is no issue of postponement of the election on the part of the organizers. For us, it might become a debate at the level of political discourse,” said Rahmat when he was a resource person in a webinar entitled “Postponing Elections Breaking Term Restrictions? Review of Legal, Political, and Economic Aspects” reported by AMONGWednesday (9/3/2022).

“Even though we continue to listen, we still understand the overall perspective of the discourse, our focus is on the February 14, 2024 vote,” he continued.

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1. Bawaslu is guided by the voting date

Discourse on the postponement of the 2024 election, Bawaslu: The voting date will not changeIllustration of voting (Dok.IDN Times/Istimewa)

According to Bagja, in the absence of an order from the government or DPR RI to the KPU to change the voting date, the stages of implementing the election will still start 20 months before February 14, 2024, as mandated by Law Number 7 of 2017 concerning General Elections.

“So the decision to postpone or not to postpone, in my opinion, depends on the voting period. If it is serious, like it or not, the government or the DPR RI will force the KPU to change the voting date. Now, from our perspective, there are no such things,” concluded Rahmat Bagja.

2. The absence of a change in the voting date as a reference for the 2024 election will not be postponed

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Discourse on the postponement of the 2024 election, Bawaslu: The voting date will not changeIllustration of voting (IDN Times/special)

In addition, said Bagja, Bawaslu will soon draw up and ratify regulations regarding the supervision of various stages of the 2024 General Election, from June 2022 to 2024.

At the webinar organized by the Constitutional Law Study Program, Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, Bagja emphasized that the absence of a change in the voting date could be a reference for no postponement of the 2024 election.

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3. The 2024 elections will still start in June or July 2022

Discourse on the postponement of the 2024 election, Bawaslu: The voting date will not changeRI KPU Building (IDN Times/Denisa Tristianty)

According to Bagja, from the point of view of the organizers, the 2024 election stage will still begin in the range of June or July 2022, with preparations starting on April 11, 2022, through the inauguration of members of the General Election Commission (KPU) and Bawaslu RI for the period 2022-2027.

Until now, Bagja said, the Indonesian KPU was preparing regulations related to the 2024 election stages.

“The KPU regulations (PKPU) related to the stages of the election have been prepared. Now is the time to receive input from the public on the PKPU draft,” he said.