According to the new Election Law Bill proposed by the Government, the Government will implement an election system called limited-open proportional system for the upcoming national elections. Many election activists object to the proposal because they think the limited-open system is essentially a closed-list proportional system. However, the Government thinks the proposed system is the best option to strengthen political party.
â€œWe want to implement an election system that can strengthen political party, and the limited-open system is the best option we have to achieve that,â€ says an official from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Bachtiar, during a public discussion titled â€œImplementing High-quality Elections: Critical Examination on the Election Law Billâ€ in Jakarta (11/16).
Bachtiar says the Government decided to implement the limited-open system despite the Government Resolution No.22/PUUIV-2008 Article 27 paragraph (1) and Article 28D paragraph (3) states that a candidate in elections is elected based on popular votes. The limited-open system will provide full authority for political party to select its own candidates in legislative elections.
â€œLegislative elections are competitions between political parties, not individual candidates. So, donâ€™t get it wrong: the full open-list system will only be advantageous for individual candidates with more money and resources. This is very liberal,â€ says Bachtiar.
Bachtiar asks members of the Parliament to really consider the Election Law Bill that has been proposed by the Government. There are two important points in the Bill: the implementation of the limited-open list system to strengthen political party and the provision regarding political subsidy.