JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed two regulations in lieu of law (Perppu) to replace the controversial Regional Election Law, which mandates Regional Heads such as governors, regency heads (Bupati) and municipality heads (Walikota) to be elected by Regional People’s Representative Council (DPRD).
The Regional Election Law which was passed by the House of Representative (DPR) on Sep 26 was widely criticized by the public, forcing the President to annul the law. President Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party faction in the House opted to walk out, paving the way for the passage of the law. Those factions who agreed with law (pro-Prabowo Subianto coalition) outnumbered those who opposed it.
The two Regulations in lieu of Law that were signed by the President are Perppu No 1/2014 on Election of Governor, Regency Head or Municipality heads and Perppu No 2/2014 on Regional Government.
The first Perppu also revoked the Regional Election Law, while the second Perppu only revoked two articles of the Law No 23/2014, which is related with the authority of DPRD to elect regional heads.
The President consulted with the National Election Committee Head, Husni Kamil Mali, Constitutional Court Chairman Hamdan Zoelva as well as experts before issuing the two regulations in lieu of law.
The public and experts have welcome the President’s move to annul the Regional Election Law. Nevertheless, the Perppu still needs approval from DPR, meaning that the President still needs to get enough support from the Parliament to approve the law, including his own party faction. (*)