4 Implications of the Impact of 3 New Provinces in Papua in Elections

goodmorningpapua.com – There are four implications of rearranging the new electoral lists (dapil) in the three new autonomous regions (DOB) of Papua. One of the implications is related to the rearrangement of electoral districts (DAPIL) in Papua. The political expert who is also the Head of the Department of Politics and Social Change at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), Arya Fernandes, conveyed these four implications.

He said the first implication is related to the rearrangement of electoral districts in Papua from one to four electoral districts in concerning with the addition of three new provinces in the land of Cendrawasih. Also, the three new provinces are South Papua, Central Papua, and Papua Mountains.

 The second implication, said Arya, concerns the allocation of seats in the DPR which will increase. “The second implication is that the allocation of seats in the DPR RI, which was originally 10, has increased to 12,” said Arya, Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Referring to the Election Law Article 187 paragraph (2) states that the number of seats in each electoral district is at least three seats and a maximum of 10 seats.

Furthermore, the third implication is that the number of DPD RI members will increase. With the addition of the three provinces in Papua, the total number of senators will be from 136 to 148 seats. He said that because he referred to Article 186 of the Election Law which states that there are four DPD members for each province.

Then, the fourth implication is that the 2024 election stages, such as requirements and registration of political parties participating in the election must have a management organizational structure in each province, especially for the three Papua New Guineans.

He conveyed that the presence of Papuan representatives is one way to oversee Papua’s strategic development program. “I think that is one way to convey aspirations so that the voices of the Papuan people are heard at the center,” said Arya.

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