Community Participation in Election Determines the Fate of East Java Tuesday, 26 June 2018 02:00

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NEWS UNAIR – The election of East Java Governor 2018 will be held on 27 June. This is the third regional head election for East Java using a direct election system.

Regarding the participation and supervision of the gubernatorial election later, the General Elections Commission (KPU) of East Java Province in collaboration with the Constitutional and Government Administration Study Center, Faculty of Law Universitas Airlangga and the Alumni Association of United States – Indonesia (Alpha-I) Scholarship Program East Java held a seminar titled “Public Participation in Achieving Success in Implementation and Supervision at East Java Gubernatorial Election in 2018 “.

Being held in Boedi Soesetijo Hall (303) Building A FH UNAIR, in early June, there were three speakers from each institution. They were Muhammad Arbayanto, SH, MH, (Technical Division, KPU of East Java Province), Dr. Radian Salman, SH, LL.M., (Senior Researcher of Constitutional and Government Administration Study Center FH UNAIR) and M. Syaiful Aris, SH, MH, LL.M., (Coordinator of Alpha-I East Java).

The seminar, led by Dri Utari, SH, LL.M., gave the first opportunity to Syaiful Aris to speak on the Role of the Society to Improve the Quality of the Regional Head Elections. In his presentation, Aris said that the potential problems related to the role of society are about legitimacy, high cost, corruption, potential conflicts, neutrality of apparatus, abstain vote, and dispute resolution.

“Under the Law Number 8 of 2015, article 157 paragraph 3. The case of disputes over vote acquisition results is examined and prosecuted by the Constitutional Court until the establishment of a special judicial body. Until now the judicial body does not exist, so this case is the case of Constitutional Court, “said Aris.

Aris also said that it will increase the burden of the Constitutional Court. So he has a proposal for the institutional design, in which the special Court is ad hoc under the general judicial environment and established in the province for the initial phase. In relation to its formation, it shall be no later than 6 months before the first phase of operation and ends 1 year after the election stage is completed.

“Regarding the judges, it may consist of career judges and ad hoc,”  he said.

In the election process, he added, KPU did not deny the factors that influence the number of voters. For example, technical factors such as individuals domiciled in region A while the Identity Card in region B. It will be difficult for them to return to their area only to vote.

Nevertheless, the seminar is expected to make voters prepared and able to vote in order to determine the future of East Java for the next five years.(*)

Source : http://news.unair.ac.id/en/2018/06/21/community-participation-election-determines-fate-east-java/

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