Election expert welcomes KPU revision of PKPU 10/2023 regarding women’s representation

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AMPONTOONS.COM, JAKARTA – Election legal expert Titi Anggraini applauds the Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU) for revising Regulation (PKPU) 10/2023, which is seen as problematic regarding the representation of women in elections.

Titi stressed that it was appropriate for the KPU to review the regulation, in particular in Article 8 paragraph 2.

“Indeed, it is appropriate for the KPU to be relaxed and wise in deciding to revise the provisions of Article 8 paragraph 2 PKPU 10/2023 so that they are again in line with the electoral law and the Constitution,” Titi said in the his statement, Wednesday (10/5/2023).

According to Titi, the KPU’s position will help accelerate public unrest because it really is something that must be taken as a consequence of actions that are against the law and contradict the regulations above it, namely the electoral law.

It is known, the KPU will revise the PKPU 10/2023 which is considered to violate the constitution.

This was communicated by the president of the Indonesian KPU, Hasyim Asy’ari, in a press conference at the office of the Indonesian KPU, Jakarta, on Wednesday morning.

The decision to revise the PKPU was taken after the KPU, together with the Indonesian Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) and the Honorary Council of the Indonesian Election Organizer (DKPP), held a closed meeting and discussion on the day Before.

Titi hopes that the public will be able to preside over this review process so that there are no interventions by other subjects who want to contain personal or group interests.

“Aside from that, the public must be vigilant that there are no positive elements in the DPR or other external parties that reject or hinder any attempt to correct regulations that violate the law,” he said.

“There needs to be a strong voice from the community to continue to defend against such violations,” Titi added.

Article 8 Paragraph 2 PKPU 10/2023 is known to have violated the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia and the Electoral Law.

As well as shutting down efforts to increase female representation in the nomination of the DPR and the DPRD.

The problem referred to in Article 8, paragraph 2 provides that the result of the calculation of the 30 percent quota is rounded down if it is a fraction with two decimal places that does not reach 50.

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This provision differs from the 2019 election rulebook which uses a rounding approach regardless of the decimal point.

For example, in a constituency there are 4 seats for council members and a political party wants to nominate 4 potential candidates. With a quota of 30 per cent, this means that political parties must nominate 1.2 (one point two) female candidates.

As there is a provision for rounding down, parties only need to register 1 female candidate. In fact, 1 out of 4 female candidates only scores 25 percent, not 30 percent.

The article has been modified to become:

“In the case of calculating 30 percent of the number of potential female candidates in each constituency, the resulting fractional number is rounded up.”

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