Optimistic about free, fair general elections in 2014: MPR Chairman

22 November, 2013 | Source: Antara News

No groups have attempted to disrupt next year’s elections, said Sidarto Danusubroto, Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR).

“I have not yet seen any efforts aimend at disrupting the general elections, and I am still optimistic that they would be conducted as expected,” he observed on the sidelines of a Focus Group Discussion held by the Law Faculty of Pancasila University here on Saturday.

Indonesia will hold legislative elections in April 2014, which will be followed by a presidential election.

Sidarto expressed his view that a democratic election would lead to a peaceful and secure transfer of leadership. “ The transfer of leadership through a transparent, honest and air presidential election would make Indonesia a democratic country, “ he maintained.

He hoped that the problems that were found in the run-up to the elections would be settled properly, referring, as an example, to problems regarding the voters list (DPT). “The problem must be made clear, so that people are not suspicious of each other.  The DPT must really be valid,” he said.

Sidarto added that he had to learn from experiences from past general elections. “Why does the DPT always become a problem before elections?” he asked.  Meanwhile, the Chairman has called on the military and the police to remain neutral or independent.

The Institute of Islamic Mass  Organizations (LPOI) had earlier pushed for strong action against anyone who sought to disrupt the elections.

“LPOI has urged the government to take firm action against any individual or mass organization and non-government organizations that are conducting black campaigns to abort the general elections,” the institute Chief, KH Said Aqil Siroj, said.

 

 

Indonesia is preparing steps in response to the European Union`s (EU`s) plan to phase out the use of palm oil-based biofuel energy that will affect palm oil-producing countries.
As many as 93 forestry and environment experts from various countries will attend the 3rd Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS) which will be held in Yogyakarta on April 23--23 to discuss progress in the implementation of Paris Agreement.
Ciletuh-Pelabuhanratu geopark has officially been declared as part of the UNESCO Global Geopark (UGG) which will be a new history for tourism in West Java.
Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, was named the best finance minister in Asia and the Pacific for 2018 by Hong Kong-based financial magazine FinanceAsia for the second time in a row.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) noted here on Monday that Indonesia is a large country, whose economy will grow stronger and increase in 2030.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated that according to US News and World Report survey results, Indonesia was in the second place among the world`s two most attractive countries for investment destination.
Address: 1068 Budapest, Városligeti fasor 26. | MAP |
Phone: (+36-1) 413 3800 Fax: (+36-1) 322 8669
E-mail: embassy@indonesianembassy.hu