A group of election watchdogs has called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to revoke the newly established election team designated to select general election bodies’ members for not representing the public. “The president should revise his decree No. 33/2011 on the establishment of the election bodies’ selection team and remove two ministers from the selection team,” Indonesian Civilized Circle director (LIMA) Ray Rangkuti said in a statement released on Tuesday.
The president inaugurates the selection team designated to select the General Elections Commission (KPU) and General Elections Monitoring body (Bawaslu) members earlier this month. Girindra Sandino, a research coordinator from the Independent Elections Monitoring Committee (KIPP) said that the two ministers who act as the team’s chairman and deputy would only represent the ruling party and current presidential regime.
The selection team has Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi as its chairman, the Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsudin as its deputy and eight members who all come from academic backgrounds. “The selection team’s members who all come from academic backgrounds did not represent all civilian elements and none of them come from regional areas,” he said.