After releasing datatalk.asia, a platform that provides several features for data journalism, now (17/2) the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), with support from USAID through the Regional Support for Elections and Political Transitions or RESPECT, released Asia-Pacific Journal of Elections and Democracy. The management of this international journal is a collaboration with the Djokosoetono Research Center (DRC), a research institute under the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia.
As an international journal, the Asia-Pacific Journal of Elections and Democracy is an English-language journal. This journal will be published every six months. Two people are believed to be the chief editor, namely Marcus Mietzner, a lecturer at the Australia National University, and Titi Anggraini, Member of the Perludem Supervisory Board.
In addition, five electoral and political figures sit on the Editorial Advisory Board, namely Topo Santoso, Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Indonesia (UI), Burhanuddin Muhtadi, lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the State Islamic University of Jakarta, Adhy Aman, representative of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Patricia Rinwigati, lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, and Joel Mark Barredo, Director of the Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Research and Education Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA) Program.
At the online launch event, Chief of Party RESPECT, Joice Damayanti said that the Asia-Pacific Journal of Elections and Democracy is aimed at supporting and strengthening electoral literacy and democracy for the people of Asia Pacific. The hope is that the Asia-Pacific Journal of Elections and Democracy can become a forum for academics, election and democracy activists, and civil society in Asia Pacific to share scientific publications with everyone. This journal can be accessed free of charge.
“This journal is part of our small contribution and ongoing support to provide open access scientific publications, which can be utilized in advancing a democratic society,” said Joice.
The Asia-Pacific Journal of Elections and Democracy received support from the Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, Edmon Makarim. Managing a journal is not easy. He hopes that this journal will have a long life, one of which is to get legal funding.
“Hopefully Perludem and DRC can focus on developing journals, because managing journals is not easy. In fact, very few journals can survive because managing a journal requires a strong commitment and continuous financial support,” said Edmon at the journal launch event.
Volume I Number 1 Asia-Pacific Journal of Elections and Democracy has the theme of political party finance. There are five journal articles written by academics from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor Leste, namely as follows.
- Political Financing and Its Impact on the Quality of Democracy in Southeast Asia by Deasy Simandjuntak, Researcher at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
- The Urgency to Prevent Illicit Political Party Fundrising through the Anti-Money Laundering regime in Indonesiaby Nathalina Naibaho, Patricia Rinwigati, and Ahmad Ghozi, researchers from the DRC Faculty of Law UI.
- Conceptualizing Party Financing Legislation in Malaysia: Between Normative and Reality by Azmil Tayeb, senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences Universiti Sains Malaysia and Dineskumar Ragu, activist for Center for Public Policy Studies and former activist for Global Bersih.
- A Disproportionately Unequal Playing Field: Challenges to and Prospects for Campaign Finance Law and Policy in the Philippines by Patricia Blardony Miranda, Philippine democracy activist.
- Examining the Level of Accountability and Transparency with Respect to Political Party Financing in Timor Lesteby Celso da Fonseca and Joel Mark Baysa Barredo, Program Director of SHAPE-SEA.
The journal can be downloaded via the following link: http://bit.ly/PERLUDEMDRCJOURNAL .