JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Home Affairs Ministry reiterated that the 2024 general elections will be held on schedule according the plan.
The ministry’s director general of Politics and Government Bahtiar said that state officials other than general election-related stakeholders – the General Election Commission (KPU), General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), and Honorary Council of General Election (DKPP) – are committed to supporting the political event. Moreover, the government is committed to aid in the funding for the proceedings.
"In conclusion, all state officials apart from the General Election Commission (KPU), General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), and Honorary Council of General Election (DKPP), are ready," Bahtiar said in a press statement on Thursday, March 16.
Although the general election proceedings are riddled with issues, they are considered as challenges that will not impede the coming event in 2024, he said.
He highlighted that in the past three years, the government, along with relevant authorities of the general election, had made all requisite preparations for the election. Moreover, the KPU has opened up recruitment in order to improve the holding of the general election at the sub-district and village levels, he said.
Four indicators of a successful general election comprise safety and security aspects maintained during the period, Bahtiar said.
First, the ministry had coordinated with the National Police, the Military, and Attorney General's Office regarding the security aspects.
Second, the public participation, which the ministry strives for by conducting webinars to disseminate the importance of the event. The initiative has been going on for the last four months, he said.
Third, is the absence of conflict caused by proceedings, as was highlighted by Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian. Bahtiar drew attention to the important role of the press or media in preventing such conflicts from arising during the period.
The last indicator is consistency in national and regional developments during the period, which the ministry pursues by urging the regional government to maintain economic growth amid the global turmoil, he pointed out.
"If it goes well, then we too will feel the result," he said.
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