Indonesia: PDI-P hopes for PAN, PKB support over presidential threshold – 19 Jul 2017

  • Only one day before voting on five crucial issues in the election bill, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is hoping its coalition mates, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the National Mandate Party (PAN), will be willing to support the party over its stance on the presidential threshold.
  • As of 19 Jul 17, PAN and the PKB wanted a vote threshold of between 10 – 15% for any party wishing to nominate presidential candidates, while the PDI-P and four other parties in the ruling coalition insist on keeping the 20 – 25% benchmark.
  • The party hoped all factions at the House could reach a consensus rather than need to hold a vote. The different stance of PAN, in particular, has raised concerns among the PDI-P over the former’s commitment to supporting the government.
  • The special committee tasked to deliberate the election bill has prepared everything needed to vote on the five issues, namely the presidential threshold, legislative threshold, number of seats in each electoral district and the method of converting votes into seats, in a plenary session on 20 Jul 17.

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