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CEMENTING INDONESIA’S NATIONAL UNITY AFTER ELECTIONS

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Every voter might need around 12 to 15 minutes to mark the ballot papers, and in addition to this, if the number of polling stations was inadequate.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Bogor – Indonesia has convened its parliamentary and presidential elections peacefully, though the General Elections Commission (KPU) needs time to count the votes that most of some 192 million eligible voters had cast at more than 800,000 polling stations across the country on Wednesday (17/4/2019).

Both the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno camps presently await the vote count of the General Elections Commission’s (KPU), as the final result is legally binding.

Despite the fact that the KPU could have finished counting votes, and its official results would be announced in May, the convening of today’s elections has shown an increased enthusiasm among voters.

At Polling Station number 29 at Ciomas Hills residential complex’s Pangrango Cluster in Sukamakmur Village, Ciomas Subdistrict, Bogor District, for instance, there were 172 eligible voters who exercised their voting rights.

At the polling station, there were actually 157 residents whose names had been recorded in the Permanent Voters List (DPT). However, only 128 residents showed up and cast their votes, while 44 others comprised 39 voters registered in the Special Voters List (DPK) and five additional voters.

Actually, the number of voters at the polling station could increase if the local representatives of the General Elections Commission (KPU) allowed two women holding the Makassar ID cards to cast their votes there.

The electoral and polling station authorities at the Ciomas Hills Housing Complex were very cautious with the non-Bogor District’s residents who failed to showcase their C-5 forms, and those with Bogor District’s ID cards who failed to register before 01.00 pm.

The increased enthusiasm of participating in the parliamentary and presidential elections was also shown by Indonesians living overseas though many of them had to be turned away from ballot booths due to the closing time constraint.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla commented on the fate of Indonesians in certain countries who failed to exercise their votes, saying that the complicated electoral process and increased enthusiasm among voters might have been the reasons behind this particular case.

He was referring to Indonesians who failed to exercise their votes, after they ran out of time as polling stations were reportedly shut at 05.00 pm local time. Among them were Indonesians residing in the Australian city of Sydney and China’s city of Hong Kong.

Kalla argued that many eligible voters failed to cast their votes at the polling stations that local Overseas Election Committee (PPLN) had set up because of the length of time needed by each voter to mark the ballot papers.

Every voter might need around 12 to 15 minutes to mark the ballot papers, and in addition to this, if the number of polling stations was inadequate, as was the case in Australia, many voters would have to be turned away, he said.

Apart from the unfortunate occurrences in Sydney and Hong Kong, the increased enthusiasm that lots of eligible voters had shown at various polling stations across Indonesia on Wednesday should highly be appreciated.

The Indonesian Government itself had set a target that this year’s general election was expected to see the participation of at least 77.5 percent of the total number of voters.

The people’s participation rate had even been regarded by Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo as the key to the success of the general elections. “This issue really matters in this year’s elections,” Kumolo said in February.

The participation rate at the 2004 general elections was recorded at 84 percent, while the participation rates of the 2009 and 2014 general elections reached 71 and 74 percent, respectively, Kumolo stated.

The real participation rate of the 2019 Parliamentary and Presidential Elections has yet to be announced by the General Elections Commission (KPU) but seeing the increased enthusiasm among Indonesians living inside and outside the country, it may exceed the government’s target.

The eligible voters living in different parts of Indonesia had cast their votes on Wednesday. Soon after the polling stations were officially closed at 01.00 pm, several pollsters conducted their quick counts.

Telecast live by several television stations, the pollsters indicated a steady lead for the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin pair, with their electability surpassing that of the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair.

In response to this result, Coordinator of the Prabowo-Sandi pair’s National Winning Body’s spokespersons Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak revealed that an exit poll conducted by his camp showed that the Prabowo-Sandi pair had garnered 55.4 percent of the votes.

Speaking in connection with the results of several pollsters pointing in favor of the Jokowi-Amin pair, Subianto accused them of swaying the public opinion.

In its place, presidential candidate number 02 Subianto has urged his loyalists and volunteers to stay unperturbed and safeguard ballot boxes .

“Please remain focused on securing all ballot boxes since the votes are the key to fighting deceit,” he affirmed.

Whose claims are true? The reality will sooner or later be clear but the message of West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno needs to be kept in the minds and hearts of the entire nation.

Irwan Prayitno appealed to every party and community member to wholeheartedly welcome the presidential and vice presidential candidate pair emerging victorious during Wednesday’s presidential elections since the duo will lead Indonesia.

“Regardless of who is the winner in the elections, they are both our leaders. The pair that loses must gracefully come to terms with reality,” he stated in a conversation with journalists in Padang on Wednesday.

Prayitno believes every competition has winners and losers, but those tasting victory have been advised to not become arrogant, while those losing should not turn disheartened. He further called on the need for loyalists of the two competing sides to reunite.

The loyalists and backers of the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pairs have been advised to forego whatever transpired during this election process and to come together again within the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. (rah)

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SPORTS MINISTER APOLOGIZES WHILE RESIGNING IN BRIBERY SCANDAL

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Minister of Youths and Sports, Imam Nahrawi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi has apologized to the President of Indonesia while announcing his resignation after being named a suspect in a bribery scandal involving the National Sports Committee (KONI). “I apologize to the President of Indonesia, the Vice President of Indonesia, the chief of PKB party, Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU), and the people of Indonesia. I thank all my colleagues in the Ministry of Youths and Sports,” Nahrawi stated here, Thursday (19/9/2019).

He was stepping down from office because he had to focus on dealing with the alleged bribery case, Nahrawi said in his statement. The Eradication Corruption Commission (KPK) named him as a suspect because he failed to show up at the commission’s office on three occasions in connection with the probe.

Despite being named in the scandal, Nahrawi said he was not involved and called on people to respect the value of “innocent until proven guilty” by the court.

“We must wait for the KPK to show proof because I am far from what I have been accused of by the anti-graft body,” he stated.

In his resignation, Nahrawi also said he would cooperate with the KPK in clearing his name. “As a law-abiding citizen, I will follow the rules,” he added.

Nahrawi had allegedly accepted Rp26.5 billion (US$1.9 million) in bribes from the National Sports Committee and the head of Satlak Prima, a national program for elite athletes, in 2018. The cash, KPK stated, was used for the minister’s personal needs.

The case was revealed to the public when KONI had allegedly bribed some high-ranking ministry officials such as Mulyana, Adhi Purnomo and Eko Triyanto. Other officials who had been named as suspects in the bribery case include a former KONI secretary general Ending Fuad Hamidy and KONI treasurer Johnny E. Awuy. (INE). (afh)

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REVISED KPK LAW MAY WEAKEN ANTI-GRAFT BODY’S AUTHORITY : VICE CHAIRMAN

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Vice Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Laode M. Syarif.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The new revised version of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law might enfeeble the anti-graft body’s authority, chiefly in terms of cracking down upon corruption cases, KPK Vice Chairman Laode M. Syarif stated here, Tuesday (17/9/2019).

“If the information we received from the media is true, the revised version of the KPK law will cripple our power to fight against corruption,” Syarif remarked in response to the new KPK law that was passed by the House of Representatives in Jakarta, Tuesday.

The KPK vice chairman noted that the revised version of Law No. 30 of 2002 had overstepped some instructions issued by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) during a press conference last week, though he fell short of elaborating on his statement.

On Sept 13, at a press conference, Jokowi had agreed to some changes in the anti-graft body that were mandated by the new law including the tapping mechanism, establishment of a supervisory board, and an authority to issue an investigation termination warrant (SP3).

The new revised version of the KPK law was passed by the House of Representatives’ members and the Indonesian government during the ninth plenary meeting in Jakarta, Tuesday.

Before the bill was passed, the KPK was an independent state body authorized to eradicate corruption; supervise the government body and implement state governance; launch investigations and prosecutions; as well as organize precautionary measures.

However, with the new law in place, the KPK is currently no longer an independent state body but part of executive institutions under the government. Hence, all KPK employees are currently part of civil servants.

Apart from a change in the status, a supervisory board will also monitor the works and administration of the anti-graft body. The board is not only tasked with supervising but also giving permits to KPK officials on whenever they seek to tap some suspects of corruption cases.

Before the new law was passed, the KPK was chaired by a chairman and four vice-chairmen. In terms of supervising its work, the anti-graft body was monitored by an internal office allowed to impose administrative sanctions on KPK officers.

Following a new law, the KPK will also be able to issue an SP3 if the investigations had yet completed for two years. Before the law, the KPK was allowed to launch investigations on some corruption cases for years. (bfd)

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HUNDREDS MARCH TO PROMPT LAWMAKERS TO PASS ANTI-RAPE BILL

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The supporters also clarified some claims that said the bill was an effort to legalize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) in Indonesia.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Hundreds of people comprising individuals and civil society groups marched in front of the House of Representatives building here, Tuesday (17/9/2019), to prompt lawmakers to pass the anti-rape or the elimination of sexual violence bill (RUU PKS).

“RUU PKS stands for the victims of sexual violence, and this bill may serve as a strong law to punish sexual predators, rapists,” said a spokesperson of A Coalition of Safe Public Safe (Koalisi Ruang Publik Aman), Aman Neqy, during the rally.

During the protest, the supporters also clarified some claims that said the bill was an effort to legalize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) in Indonesia. “If they (the bill’s opponents) read the RUU PKS carefully, there is no article that mentions LGBT,” Neqy remarked.

The bill was first proposed in 2016 following a series of sexual abuse cases, which gained nationwide attention. Some cases included a gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Bengkulu Province and the case of Baiq Nuril who was sexually harassed but she ended up in jail for defaming her alleged harasser.

According to the bill, sexual violence is categorized as not only rape and sexual harassment, but also sexual exploitation, the forced use of contraceptives, forced abortion, forced marriage, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, and sexual torture.

The bill defines sexual violence as any actions that attacks, insults, and debases the reproductive functions, sexual desire, the body of someone forcefully or against his/her will, causing them to be unable to give permission due to power, and/or gender relations which could lead to physical, psychological, sexual suffering, as well as economic, social, political, and cultural losses. (mzk)

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