Optimistic about free, fair general elections in 2014: MPR Chairman

22 November, 2013 | Source: Antara News

No groups have attempted to disrupt next year’s elections, said Sidarto Danusubroto, Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR).

“I have not yet seen any efforts aimend at disrupting the general elections, and I am still optimistic that they would be conducted as expected,” he observed on the sidelines of a Focus Group Discussion held by the Law Faculty of Pancasila University here on Saturday.

Indonesia will hold legislative elections in April 2014, which will be followed by a presidential election.

Sidarto expressed his view that a democratic election would lead to a peaceful and secure transfer of leadership. “ The transfer of leadership through a transparent, honest and air presidential election would make Indonesia a democratic country, “ he maintained.

He hoped that the problems that were found in the run-up to the elections would be settled properly, referring, as an example, to problems regarding the voters list (DPT). “The problem must be made clear, so that people are not suspicious of each other.  The DPT must really be valid,” he said.

Sidarto added that he had to learn from experiences from past general elections. “Why does the DPT always become a problem before elections?” he asked.  Meanwhile, the Chairman has called on the military and the police to remain neutral or independent.

The Institute of Islamic Mass  Organizations (LPOI) had earlier pushed for strong action against anyone who sought to disrupt the elections.

“LPOI has urged the government to take firm action against any individual or mass organization and non-government organizations that are conducting black campaigns to abort the general elections,” the institute Chief, KH Said Aqil Siroj, said.

 

 

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