Division of Papua will Affect the Number of Electoral Constituencies in 2024

goodmorningpapua.com – The government’s plan to divide Papua Island into several provinces will have an effect on the 2024 General Election (Pemilu). Although it is not certainly known when the relevant regulations will be passed and the new autonomous regions (DOB) will be born, it is certain that there will be new electoral districts (dapil).

Therefore, an academic from Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Abdul Gaffar Karim, suggested that the General Elections Commission (KPU) and the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) immediately communicate with Commission II of the DPR regarding the planning of new autonomous regions. The goal is to conform the design of the voter list according to regulations.

“There must be communication between organizers and Commission II of the DPR so that the new autonomous regions planning is in line with the electoral district design in accordance with the provisions of the Election Law,” he said, cited in the Bawaslu website.

Meanwhile, an academic from the University of Indonesia (UI), Hurriyah, argued that the challenge in organizing the 2024 General Election was in the recruitment of organizers at the provincial and district/city levels.

She reminded that the selection of the organizers of the “democratic party” became one of the instruments in encouraging the realization of elections with integrity. “Because the election management body is the ‘heart of political decision-making’ that regulates the state leadership in a fair manner,” she explained.

The government plans to add 3 provinces in “Bumi Cenderawasih”, namely Central Papua, Central Highlands Papua, and South Papua. This policy is regulated in Law 2/2021 on Special Autonomy (Otsus) for Papua Province.

According to the Deputy Chairman of Commission II of the DPR, Luqman Hakim, the plan for the division of Papua is still in the initial stage of discussion between the council and the government. Thus, there has been no decision on the number of new autonomous regions to be formed.

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