June 13, 2024

The Minimum Signatures Requirement for DPD Candidates Needs to be Reduced

In the new Election Law Bill submitted by the Government to the Parliament, there is no reduction on the minimum signatures that have to be collected by candidate as a requirement to participate in the Lower House of the Parliament (DPD) election. This is incriminating for the candidate, since candidate in DPD election is individual candidate that doesn’t have much political and financial support.

“The requirement is clearly incriminating for DPD candidates. They don’t have institutionalized financial and political support. We need to alleviate the requirement,” says a researcher from the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), Heroik Pratama (10/27).

In order to alleviate the requirement, Heroik says the Government needs to reduce the number of signatures that have to be collected by the candidate by 50 percent. For example, in a province with total population between 0 to 1 million people, the candidate should at least collect 500 signatures. The number of signatures is then increased to 2.500 in a province with more than 15 million people of total population.

“The Secretariat of the Election Law Codification has made a draft for a codified election law that contains a more lenient requirement for DPD candidates, specifically in Article 116 paragraph (3),” Heroik says.

In Article 116 paragraph (3) of the codified Election Law draft, the signatures requirements for DPD election candidate are specified as follows:

Total Population Minimum Signatures Collected
0 – 1.000.000 500

>1.000.000 – 5.000.000

>5.000.000 – 10.000.000 1.500
>10.000.000 – 15.000.000 2.000
>15.000.000 2.500

Meanwhile, the requirements as set out in the Election Law Bill made by the Government are as follows:

Total Population Minimum Signatures Collected
0 – 1.000.000 1.000

>1.000.000 – 5.000.000

>5.000.000 – 10.000.000 3.000
>10.000.000 – 15.000.000 4.000
>15.000.000 5.000