Indonesia: Election bill passed, presidential threshold intact – 21 Jul 2017

  • The House of Representatives approved late on 20 Jul 17 a long overdue election bill, which now only awaits the President’s signature to become law. The passed bill maintains a minimum requirement for political parties to nominate presidential candidates
  • Of all the items in the bill, nothing caused more bickering than the presidential threshold, the minimum percentages of support required by political parties to nominate presidential candidates.
  • The ruling coalition parties, including the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party, the Nation Awakening Party (PKB), the National Development Party (PPP), the NasDem Party and the Hanura Party, chose to keep the 20% and 25% thresholds.
  • That means a presidential candidate would require support from a party or coalition of parties with at least 20% of the seats in the legislature or 25% of the popular vote based on the outcome of the 2014 legislative elections.
  • The opposition camp, the Gerindra Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), along with a neutral camp formed by the Democratic Party, demanded the presidential threshold be scrapped to allow an unlimited number of presidential candidates.
  • The opponents of the threshold were worried that if it was maintained, there would likely be only two presidential candidates with enough support to compete in the next election.

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