Lawmakers at odds on presidential bill

The Jakarta Post
Fecha de publicación: 
05 Dic 2012

 Political parties in the House of Representatives (DPR) remain at odds on setting the threshold of support needed to nominate a presidential candidate in 2014.

Under the 2008 presidential election law, presidential candidates must be supported by a party or a coalition of parties that secured 25 percent of the popular vote or 20 percent of the seats in the House in the previous election.

The major parties in the House, the Democratic Party and the Golkar Party, want to retain the existing thresholds, while smaller parties would like to revise the numbers down.

“Revision of the existing presidential election law is unnecessary. Such revision is full of political motives. The existing law is good enough,” Democratic Party legislator Subyakto said during a hearing at the House legislative body (Baleg) on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, other factions disagreed, asking for extra time to study the bill.