Mahfud MD Affirms President Agrees to the 2024 Election

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD claimed that the government had never discussed the postponement of the election or the addition of the terms of office of the president and vice president. According to him, in September 2021, President Joko Widodo has agreed that the general election and regional elections will be held simultaneously in 2024. Mahfud emphasized that the president also asked the relevant ministries and institutions to ensure that the elections run smoothly and do not waste the budget.

Screenshot of Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD (Youtube of Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs)

Screenshot of Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD (Youtube of Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs)

“The President stated that he agreed, the vote was held on February 14, 2024 in accordance with the proposal of the KPU and the DPR. On February 14, 2024 which was later approved by the KPU, DPR, and the government at a working meeting at the DPR on January 24, 2022,” Mahfud explained online, Monday (7/7). /3).

Thus, said Mahfud, the president’s stance on elections and regional head elections is clear. However, he did not mention the statement by the Minister of Investment/Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia regarding the postponement of the election.

Bahlil in early January 2022 said that businessmen wanted the 2024 elections to be postponed for the sake of economic recovery. Mahfud also did not comment on the statement of the three general chairmen of the political parties supporting the government, namely PKB, Golkar, and PAN who proposed postponing the election.

Titi Anggraini, a member of the Advisory Council of Needdem.  (Documentation: Titi)

Titi Anggraini, a member of the Advisory Council of Needdem. (Documentation: Titi)

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) Titi Anggraini encouraged President Joko Widodo to issue a statement of position directly related to the discourse of postponing the election. He reasoned that the people who proposed this discourse were the general chairman of a political party supporting the government and a minister. Therefore, the public suspected that this discourse was related to the government.

“Because of this the motivation to postpone and extend the term of office is related to the term of office of President Jokowi. So the one who can stop this issue until it completely disappears is the president,” Titi said to VOATuesday (8/3).

Residents watch as election officials display their ballot papers during the counting of votes at a polling station in Jakarta, April 9, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Residents watch as election officials display their ballots during vote counting at a polling station in Jakarta, April 9, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Titi is of the view that the discourse of postponing the 2024 general election has a greater impact than the three-term presidential term. This is because the three-term term of office does not necessarily get the support of the public during the election. While the postponement of the election will automatically extend the term of office of the president, even though he does not support both discourses. Titi is of the view that the president should speak louder in responding to this issue than when responding to the issue of the three-term president.

“So because this issue is important and very crucial, I don’t think it is enough to be reminded, but also reprimanded so that public officials, especially those around the president, obey the constitution,” he added.

An election officer helps an elderly woman to mark her finger with ink after casting her vote at the regional election in Tangerang, Banten, June 27, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan)

An election officer helps an elderly woman to mark her finger with ink after casting her vote at the regional election in Tangerang, Banten, June 27, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan)

Previously, the General Chair of the PKB Muhaimim Iskandar, the General Chair of Golkar Airlangga Hartarto, and the General Chair of PAN discussed the postponement of the election as well as the extension of the presidential term. They reasoned that economic growth in Indonesia was not stable due to the pandemic.

Dozens of election and democracy observer organizations in Indonesia have rejected the proposed postponement of the election. Civil society fears postponing elections violates the constitution and has the potential to give rise to authoritarian leadership.

The majority of residents also rejected the proposed postponement of the election. This can be seen from the results of a survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) which showed that the majority of respondents rejected the discourse on extending President Joko Widodo’s term of office for any reason. Both for economic reasons and the Capital of the New State. [sm/ah]