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Resolve Election Disputes Through Legal Channels, Realizing Democratic Maturity

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By : Diani Wulandari )*

The General Election Commission (KPU) has officially determined the results of the 2024 Election. For parties who are not satisfied with the final results or announcement of the General Election (Pemilu), they should only resolve the election dispute through legal channels in order to realize democratic maturity.

The Chief of the National Police of the Republic of Indonesia (Kapolri) General Listyo Sigit Prabowo hopes that all people will be able to use the official channels that have been provided and facilitated by the Indonesian Government if they still feel unsatisfied or are not satisfied and cannot accept the final results of the voting in the 2024 Election.

Because it highly upholds the application of democratic principles, the Indonesian nation has provided and even provided facilities for a group of parties who are dissatisfied with the results of voting in a democratic party through applicable law, namely that reporting can be sought through the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), the General Election Commission ( KPU) and the Constitutional Court (MK).

These three institutions, namely Bawaslu, KPU and MK are indeed institutions or institutions established by the state with the aim of organizing political contestation in Indonesia, so it is very clear that if there is a protest from a group of parties regarding the voting results which may be considered less than expected, they can report it to the official institution.

Mass Gathering and Action on the Street Is Irrelevant

As is known, the state has provided a separate forum for reporting or demands from parties who are dissatisfied with the results of the General Election announcement, so in fact there is no longer a need for methods that are not in accordance with the law, such as mass gatherings or even taking to the streets.

The reason is, it cannot be denied that the presence of a number of mass groups taking to the streets will certainly trigger public order disturbances, including the potential to disrupt the interests of other communities who are not at all involved in it.

The biggest challenge currently faced by the Indonesian nation no longer lies in the competition between candidates or political parties contesting in the General Election (Pemilu), but instead this challenge now lies in the potential for polarization in society.

Moreover, recently there have been many narratives circulating in the public sphere regarding accusations of fraud in the 2024 election results which were carried out in a structured and systematic manner.

This accusation is actually completely baseless. Because according to the Minister of Communication and Information (Menkominfo) Budi Arie, currently there are no longer any limitations of space and time, especially in the digital world, so that everyone, including civil society, is able to freely access any data and information.

The public can very easily access and upload all counting results from each polling station (TPS) in a very transparent manner. So openness has indeed occurred in every election process up to the counting or recapitulation of votes.

With all this openness or transparency, there is absolutely no and no proven narrative of fraud in the elections which was carried out in a structured and systematic manner as alleged on social media, so the protest action, especially the need to gather a large number of people to move to the streets is completely unacceptable. relevant again.

Acceptance of Election Results Supports Democracy in Indonesia

The best thing that all people can do at this time is to accept whatever and whatever the official final results of the political contestation in the form of the 2024 Election announced by the General Election Commission (KPU).

In a country that adheres to democratic principles, such as Indonesia, winning or losing in a contest must actually be able to be handled fairly or naturally. Because in this context, the most important thing to continue to uphold is increasing harmonization and reconciliation between various parties.

When all parties are able to re-establish harmonization and reconciliation, it is hoped that harmony will once again be established among the people of Indonesia, especially since the General Election itself has been completed. So there is only the next task, namely how to re-create and build and advance the Indonesian nation together.

Secretary General (Sekjen) of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) Suhajar Diantoro continues to encourage all parties including the State Civil Apparatus (ASN) to be able to work together to safeguard healthy democracy after the 2024 elections in order to restore national unity.

Referring to the main objectives of the state as stated in the Preamble to the 1945 Constitution, including protecting the entire Indonesian nation and advancing general welfare, and making the life of the nation intelligent.

All of these main goals will not be achieved optimally if they are not balanced with unity and unity among all elements of society in Indonesia after the 2024 elections.

Make the momentum of holding elections a means to further create national unity in order to realize a healthy democracy in Indonesia. This occurs if parties who have not received the election results prefer to resolve disputes only using applicable legal channels.

)* The author is a Contributor to the Nusantara Reading Room

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