JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle ( PDI-P) will carry out a thorough regeneration process to prepare the party’s cadres for the next general elections in 2024, said its chairperson on Wednesday, July 22.
“We will do the thorough regeneration of the party for 2024,” said Megawati Soekarnoputri when inaugurating 20 offices of PDI-P’s regional executive boards (DPD) and branch executive boards (DPC).
As Indonesia will hold its legislative elections and presidential elections in 2024, Megawati, the longest-serving leader of a political party in Indonesia, has reminded her party cadres that the PDI-P’s offices across the country are the homes for the people. She wants the PDI-P offices to play an important role in strengthening the party consolidation.
“I give the instructions and orders to maintain the home for our party, the home for the people so that all activities, including meetings, can run well,” Megawati said, adding that all the meetings must be held under the purview of the central executive board (DPP) so that the party’s consolidation can function well.
She said when the party’s consolidation touches the grassroots level, PDI-P will continue to live on. She cited as an example the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in the US which still exist today.
“If that can be done [grassroots consolidation], I am sure the PDI-P can continue to live in the hearts of the people and be with the people," she said.
The fifth Indonesian president said that the PDI-P offices must be at the forefront to help the people, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She called on the PDI-P cadres to stand for the people. “Make this party a pioneer, a torch that keeps lighting and provides guidance for the people.”
During the virtual ceremony, Megawati inaugurated four DPD offices for the provincial level at Bangka Belitung Islands, Central Kalimantan, Jambi, and West Kalimantan. Meanwhile, she also launched 16 DPC offices for the district level in various regencies and cities across Indonesia.
(Writer: Tsarina Maharani | Editor: Kristian Erdianto)