Departing KPU Commissioners Bid Farewell to President, House of Representatives

Departing commissioners of the country's elections agency bid farewell to President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo in a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday (10/04), as their terms are set to end this week. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

By : Novy Lumanauw | on 8:05 PM April 10, 2017
Category : News, Politics

Jakarta. Departing commissioners of the country's elections agency bid farewell to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday (10/04), as their terms are set to end this week.

Jokowi is scheduled to inaugurate new members of the General Elections Commission (KPU) for the 2017-2022 period on Tuesday.

"In our meeting, we wanted to report [on the results] of our duties, in accordance with the law, to the president and to the House of Representatives," departing KPU chairman Juri Ardiantoro said.

Juri added that while serving for five years, the KPU commissioners produced five books recording various activities and studies conducted by representatives of the institution.

The first book consists of reports on the 2014 legislative elections, while the second details information regarding the presidential election of the same year.

The third book contains reports of the simultaneous regional elections between 2015 and 2017; the fourth outlines the KPU's innovative policies from 2012 to 2017; and the fifth contains photographs taken during various elections across the archipelago in the same period.

Juri said the KPU, under his leadership, tried make voting more accessible to the disabled and women, while also implementing the greater use of information technology in election processes.

"The KPU established transparent voting systems, increased the capacity of election committees and founded policies to include minority groups that have been historically discriminated against throughout Indonesia's election [processes]," he said.

The departing commissioners also elaborated on current developments related to preparations for the country's regional elections, slated for 2018, and the simultaneous general elections, slated for 2019.

"Preliminary preparations for both the regional elections in 2018, which will take place in 171 regions, and the 2019 simultaneous general elections will begin this year. As we only have a limited time frame, we have shared our insights with the incoming commissioners of the KPU," Juri added.

Two out of the seven departing KPU commissioners will resume office for the 2017-2022 period.

Arief Budiman and Hasyim As'yari, the returning commissioners, will be inaugurated along with Ilham Saputra, Evi Novida Ginting Manik, Wahyu Setiawan, Pramono Ubaid Tanthowi and Viryan on Tuesday.

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