Politics, Health, Law, Security

Political Dynasticism Rampant in Newly Elected House Lawmakers

A study by the Jakarta-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released on Wednesday found that 138 legislative candidates, or 24 percent of the 580 elected in the February election, have familial and kinship relations with incumbent politicians or public officials. In February, nearly 10,000 candidates nationwide competed for 580 seats in the House of Representatives. Among the eight political parties that won enough votes to hold seats in the House, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), which is projected to hold the most seats, has the highest number of elected lawmakers with ties to political families: 30 of 110 lawmakers. The country’s oldest political party, Golkar, came in second with 27 lawmakers with ties to influential political families, followed by the NasDem Party in third place with 23. The research underscores the challenges faced by newcomers and younger politicians in winning seats in the House of Representatives, as incumbents often enjoy higher electability and privilege. CSIS calls for political will to address this issue, suggesting a reexamination of the current electoral system to promote fairer competition and better representation. (Jakarta Post)

Constitutional Court Hears Legislative Election Challanges

With the dust of the 2024 presidential election dispute now settled, the Constitutional Court officially started on Monday the hearings of challenges to legislative election results from political parties and candidates alike. The court received a total of 297 complaints from parties and legislative candidates that were lodged throughout the registration period for election disputes this year; 36 more than the disputes handled by the court following the 2019 elections. Of the 171 petitions filed by political parties, most came from the Democratic Party and presidential-elect Prabowo Subianto’s Gerindra Party, with both parties filing 32 cases each. In terms of provinces, Central Papua, one of the country’s newest provinces, topped the chart with 26 petitions.