Beware of the Polemic on Election Postponement Decisions
All elements of society must continue to be able to increase their vigilance in dealing with the many polemics ahead of the political year in 2024. Moreover, with the issue of discourse on postponing the 2024 elections which has further heated the atmosphere of a political democratic party in the country. That this discourse in fact did not come from the government at all because the focus of the government itself is now on post-pandemic recovery and also overseeing the move of the capital to East Kalimantan.
The excitement of entering a political year and ahead of a democratic party in Indonesia, namely with the holding of General Elections (Elections) in the upcoming 2024 are increasingly being felt day by day. Of course, in the midst of a political situation that has been getting warmer lately, people must be able to have a clear mind and not be easily provoked by controversial proposals, discourses or statements.
One of the discourse controversies that continues to emerge is the proposal related to the issue of postponing the 2024 elections. According to the Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies (Pusako) of the Faculty of Law, Andalas University, Feri Amsari, the existence of discourse related to the postponement of the 2024 elections is permissive towards two discourses that actually very contrary to the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia.
According to Feri, there is actually no party that can postpone the holding of the 2024 General Election democratic party, because indeed the Election Law itself has anticipated that there will be no delay. For him it is very clear and explicit that in the Election Law there is no postponement of elections under any circumstances.
Furthermore, the Director of Pusako FH Andalas University also advised the mass media not to be careless in responding to any statements from political figures and government officials, especially ahead of the General Election. According to him, statements that really don’t need to be responded to, don’t be too capitalized so that they can make the public more calm and the process of organizing electoral politics in Indonesia can run well.
It is undeniable that the discourse on postponing the 2024 elections has arisen and is still not going away. In fact, it continues to be crowded and the subject of debate. Regarding this issue, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Menko Polhukam), Mahfud MD said that the idea of postponing the 2024 elections did not come from the government at all.
In fact, according to him, the idea of postponing the 2024 elections had actually sunk in when the Government of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) confirmed that the holding of the 2024 elections would be carried out according to schedule, which would be held on the 14th of February 2024.
Then the opinion expressed by Mahfud MD was also agreed by the Politician of the United Development Party (PPP) who also served as Deputy Chair of the People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia (MPR RI), Arsul Sani. According to him, until now there have been ongoing maneuvers by groups or volunteers who are continuing to try to postpone the 2024 elections.
However, Arsul Sani emphasized that none of the political parties supporting the government were involved in the maneuver. On the other hand, the organizers of the 2024 General Election (Pemilu), the General Election Commission (KPU) themselves are also committed to continuing to carry out the entire election process according to schedule, especially since the 5 (five) annual democratic event has already been prepared.
In a similar vein, Special Staff for the Minister of State Secretariat (Stafsus Mensesneg), Faldo Maldini emphasized that the Palace itself was not at all aware of the proposal to postpone the 2024 Election. According to him, this was absolutely not the will of the Government.
Moreover, according to Faldo, the Government of Indonesia is currently really focusing on being able to recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic by seeking various ways to accelerate national economic recovery because according to him, a pandemic is a storm that is really being felt by people at all levels.
Therefore, the government is currently focusing on health recovery and economic recovery, in particular to continue to create as many quality jobs as possible. So it is clear that there is a focus from the government and it has absolutely nothing to do with the issue of postponing the 2024 elections.
Apart from making efforts to recover from the pandemic, the Special Staff of the Minister of State Secretary also continued that the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, is also continuing to oversee a major transformation, namely the transfer of the Indonesian National Capital (IKN) to East Kalimantan. For him, this is an effort to change the mindset and eliminate development inequality, as well as oversee the transition towards the use of renewable energy.
The discourse on postponing the 2024 election continues to be a polemic that continues to heat up the political situation in Indonesia, especially ahead of this political year. Therefore, each party should be able to continue to be aware of this polemic and not be easily provoked by issues whose truth is unclear. Moreover, this discourse did not come from the government at all because now the government itself is focusing on being able to carry out post-pandemic recovery and also escorting the transfer of the capital to East Kalimantan.