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Strengthen Friendship and Maintain Post-Election Security Situation

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After the 2024 General Election (Pemilu) takes place in Indonesia, the focus now shifts to how to maintain national stability and conduciveness after the voting. This is very important considering how dynamic the political process is in a democracy. 

Deputy Chairman of Commission This discussion, which took place online, emphasized the need for cooperation from various parties to ensure that each post-election stage can run smoothly and without detrimental turmoil.

A conducive post-election situation is very important because it is the basis for national stability. These conditions ensure that election results can be announced without detrimental interference, so that the legitimacy of the elected government can be clearly recognized. 

Without these conditions, the emergence of discontent or even mass protests could threaten the peace and progress of the country. Therefore, maintaining post-election security and order is the collective responsibility of all parties, including the government, security institutions and civil society.

The importance of a conducive post-election situation is also closely related to economic stability. As a developing democratic country, Indonesia relies heavily on political stability to attract investment, encourage economic growth and create jobs for the community. 

When political instability or post-election conflict occurs, investors tend to be wary and delay their investment decisions, which in turn can be detrimental to economic growth and people’s welfare.

One of the keys to maintaining post-election conduciveness is to give trust to the institutions responsible for organizing elections, such as the General Election Commission (KPU). Although it is impossible to completely avoid dissatisfaction or demands regarding election results, it is important for all parties to respect the democratic process and provide support to the institutions that have been appointed to organize and supervise elections.

However, it is also important to have a mechanism that can handle complaints or claims regarding election results that are considered unfair or inaccurate. This emphasizes the need for the role of independent and transparent law enforcement agencies to investigate any reported election violations or fraud. 

In this context, the role of the Constitutional Court (MK) in handling election disputes is very important to ensure the fairness and legitimacy of the democratic process.

Apart from official institutions, the role of civil society should not be ignored in maintaining post-election conduciveness. Community organizations, activists and mass media play an important role in monitoring and reporting election violations and fighting for justice and transparency in the political process. 

The active involvement of society in monitoring and advocating for democracy is one of the strong foundations for sustainable political stability.

Apart from that, cooperation between the central government and regional governments is also needed to maintain post-election security. Local governments have a very important role in monitoring and handling potential conflicts or security disturbances that may occur at the local level. 

Good coordination between the central government and regional governments can help ensure that responses to post-election crisis situations can be carried out quickly and effectively.

The challenge of maintaining post-election conduciveness is not easy, considering the complexity and diversity of society and its politics. However, with a joint commitment from all parties, including the government, security institutions and civil society, we can ensure that the democratic process runs smoothly and the country remains stable and safe.

In some cases, such as what happened in East Java, concrete steps have been taken to anticipate and overcome potential post-election security disturbances. The On The Spot (OTS) visit of the Indonesian National Resilience Council (Wantannas) Secretariat General Team to East Java is a clear example of the government’s commitment to maintaining national security. 

Through hearings and field visits, they seek to understand local dynamics and formulate appropriate strategies to maintain post-election stability and order.

On the other hand, in the local context, the Mayor of Makassar, Moh Ramdhan Pomanto, appealed to the community to maintain brotherhood and friendship after the elections. His simple but powerful message emphasized the importance of unity and togetherness amidst political differences. 

This action emphasizes that maintaining post-election security and stability is not the exclusive responsibility of the government or security institutions, but is the shared responsibility of all elements of society.

Of course, the journey towards post-election conduciveness will not be smooth. Challenges such as political dissatisfaction, societal polarization, and the potential for ethnic or religious conflict will still emerge. 

However, with a strong commitment to maintaining democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, we can overcome every obstacle and build a better future for all Indonesian citizens. 

Let us work together to maintain the security and stability of the country, and strengthen friendship and unity amidst differences. That is a solid foundation for the progress of our nation and state towards a brighter and more harmonious future.

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