Jakarta. President-elect Joko Widodo has expressed his disappointment in lawmakers who helped pass a bill scrapping direct regional elections and urged Indonesians not to forget the parties responsible.
The House of Representatives voted in the early hours of Friday 226-135 in favor of passing a bill that takes away people’s right to vote for mayors, district heads and governors, and gives it instead to regional legislatures.
Joko, who supported the retention of direct regional elections, said Indonesians should not forget the political parties who have voted in favor of the bill.
"People must make a note, which political parties have robbed them of their political rights, people must write them down," Joko, the departing Jakarta governor, said on Friday.
Joko said he would fight to abolish the newly-passed law.
"Of course there will be further steps, but we will inform you later," Joko said.
Joko has previously said that scrapping the direct regional elections, even for cost efficiency, would be a serious setback for Indonesia's flourishing democracy. The best way to conduct direct regional elections in terms of saving costs and preventing fraud, he said, would be to hold them nationwide at the same time.