Independent Candidates

Dec 17th, 2006, in News, by

Independent candidates should not be allowed to participate in elections, say some.

In the wake of the victory of Irwandi Yusuf & Muhammad Nazar in the Aceh elections, men who do not belong to any formally established political party but are considered to be "former" members of the Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM), voices have been raised in Jakarta that independent non-party candidates are not good for Indonesian democracy.

First out of the blocks was Muhaimin Iskandar, the deputy chairman of the parliament in Jakarta, DPR, and who is from the PKB, who said that political aspirations must be channeled through parties. If there were independents in the parliament it would create disharmony and confusion. Aceh was a special case, he said, other provinces should not follow Aceh's lead in allowing independents. mediaindo

Muhaimin Iskandar's senior, the chairman of the parliament Agung Laksono, agreed. The solution in Aceh was to allow the formation of Aceh-only political parties so that there would be no more independents.

Outside of Aceh Agung said that candidates for office in the provinces had to be supported by a party because Indonesia used a presidential system of government. A regional leader must have colleagues, or supporters, in the local parliament, representatives who belonged to the same party. mediaindo

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February 10th 2007.

Minister for Internal Affairs, Mohammad Ma'ruf, supports the existence of independent candidates in local and provincial elections, provided there is a legal basis, not only in Aceh, but other provinces in the country. He said this while attending the swearing-in ceremony for Irwandi Yusuf & Muhammad Nazar in Aceh.

Maruf said the 2004 law on Regional Government placed into doubt whether independent candidates were allowed, outside of Aceh, but that he would discuss the matter with the government and parliamentarians this year, in preparation for the 2009 elections. suarapembaruan


15 Comments on “Independent Candidates”

  1. avatar Riccardo says:

    Wow, what an embarrassment. This really exposes how illiterate and ignorant these “representatives of the people” are in terms of their understanding of democracy and the Helsinki MoU.

  2. avatar Bradlymail says:

    This is democracy country, everbody can be independent candidates without representing any political parties.

  3. avatar Grace and Mercy says:

    Doesn’t this way of thinking sounded like the New Order (ORBA) way of thinking?

    First out of the blocks was Muhaimin Iskandar, the deputy chairman of the parliament in Jakarta, DPR, and who is from the PKB, who said that political aspirations must be channeled through parties.

    Get a grip of reality Mr. Iskandar!

    —-

    I completely agree with what Dimp said:

    Hi all,

    I think all the moderate-Moslems need to voice their opinion against this old hack.

    The problem is that as the moderate-Moslems keep quiet then all the non-Moslems will think that this old hack actually represents all Moslems.

  4. avatar Tomaculum says:

    You see, it is my current opinion, that many Indonesian (most of the politicians particularly) don’t understand the meaning of democracy. Or they don’t want it?

    In a real democracy: there would arise a scream of disgust surely immediately from the opposition and also from his side too. And as the next the other will distance themselves from him and he can be excluded from his party.

    But I think most (maybe not all) of those folks in the government (and maybe also some political and religious groups – parties :)) have the same viewpoint.

    Good luck, Indonesia. Wish you a real change.

  5. avatar Mohammed Khafi says:

    Tomaculum said:

    But I think most (maybe not all) of those folks in the government (and maybe also some political and religious groups – parties ) have the same viewpoint.

    Their only viewpoint is, “how much money can I line my and my families pockets with and what can I do to protect my power and position, to continue lining my pockets for as long as possible?”

  6. avatar Dimp says:

    Their only viewpoint is, “how much money can I line my and my families pockets with and what can I do to protect my power and position, to continue lining my pockets for as long as possible?”

    Or for as long as I stay in my office, which probably not long, so you can see the rampant corruption that is happening at the moment, they consider that the opportunity is very limited, thus they are trying to get their hands on as much dirty money they can get.

  7. avatar Badrut Tamam Gaffas says:

    We need more independent name for full open democratic, we need fresh figure with clean, transparent & have real program to bring out our nation from longer crisis. But independent also means proportional, Islam is greater & greatest in Indonesia so, Islamic development & Islamic welfare should be set up as priority.

  8. avatar Mohammed Khafi says:

    Badrut Tamam Gaffas said:

    Islam is greater & greatest in Indonesia so, Islamic development & Islamic welfare should be set up as priority

    And just what is your definition of Islamic?

    Sunni ?
    Shi`a ?
    Sufi ?

    Hanafi ?
    Hanbali ?
    Maliki ?
    Shafi’i ?

    Jafari ?
    Ismailiyah ?
    Zaiddiyah ?
    Alawi ?
    Alevi ?
    Bohras ?
    Sufi Orders ?
    Bektashi ?
    Chishti ?
    Naqshbandi ?
    Oveyssi ?
    Qadiri ?
    Suhrawardiyya ?

    Ibadi ?
    Sufri ?

    Maturidi ?
    Murjite ?
    Mu’tazili ?

    Barelwi ?
    Deobandi ?
    Salafism ?
    Wahhabism ?
    Liberals ?
    Islamism ?
    Tablighi Jama’at ?

    Zikri ?
    Ahmadiyya ?
    Moorish Science ?
    Nation of Islam ?

    Yazidi ?
    Druze ?
    Bábism ?
    Bahá’í ?
    Sikhism ?
    Submitters ?
    Five Percenters ?

    ?

  9. avatar Tomaculum says:

    Badrut,
    and declare Indonesia as in Islamic country?
    And throw Panca Sila away?
    The problem is, that there are many Moslems in Indonesia (not the majority, but many) thinking like you do.
    And the problem is, that every group in Indonesia think, their needs are the most important and forget to support the country to better the situation.
    Claiming, claiming, claiming.
    Sad.

  10. avatar Badrut Tamam Gaffas says:

    My idea just simple, to be islamic automatically be a nationalist because islam spirit will keep our country be in peace with tolerance & clean democracy.

    No need anymore to hide islamic identity to show up our nationality. Islamic movement represent by masjumi never try to replace the pancasila, but communism like PKI do twice ‘makar’ in 48 & 65 againts pancasila.

    Strengthen islamic community will make this country powerful, this is the simple way because islamic community is the biggest part in our country.

    Be independent candidate & give the proportional attention to islamic community, why not?
    Islam is Rahmatan lil Alamin, this is the ultimate answer.

  11. How can one represent another if one cannot represent ones self?
    Political, moral and ethical integrity can only be delivered by independent candidates becomeing independent representatives. The very notion of political parties is corrupt. Their only purpose is to buy votes with bribes. Politicians will not change themselves.

  12. avatar Dimp says:

    but communism like PKI do twice ‘makar’ in 48 & 65 againts pancasila.

    Wow, you actually still believe this. Obviously you still think that there is such thing as Supersemar, and Suharto was actually acting in behalf of Indonesia by killing anybody that is associated with PKI or just have similar names.

  13. avatar Tomaculum says:

    Badrut Tamam Gaffas,

    My idea just simple, to be islamic automatically be a nationalist because islam spirit will keep our country be in peace with tolerance & clean democracy.

    Yeah, after the other faiths or sects are thrown out of Indonesia? Including the Syiahs/Ahmadiyah etc? And then what kind of nationalism: Indonesian or Arabian? 🙂
    Syariah and democracy?

    No need anymore to hide islamic identity to show up our nationality.

    Hmmm …? Where do you live? Or when? Maybe you should beam yourself into the current Indonesia?

    Btw: allow me a question: are you Indonesian? If not how can you teach Indonesian about nationalism? If yes, then where is your own nationalism? I just wonder that you use Arabic name. Is that also a sign of Indonesian nationalism?

    Islam is Rahmatan lil Alamin, this is the ultimate answer.

    Amen? 🙂

  14. avatar 1ndra says:

    My idea just simple, to be islamic automatically be a nationalist because islam spirit will keep our country be in peace with tolerance & clean democracy.

    And to be Islamic is very, very, very hard.
    And only truthful Islamic people and truthful Non-Islamic people could bring this country in peace with tolerance & clean.

    Islam is Rahmatan lil Alamin, this is the ultimate answer.

    Islam adalah rahmat bagi semesta alam, do you know it?
    Rahmat is not being forced.

  15. avatar Robert says:

    Badrut Tamam Gaffas,

    Strengthen islamic community will make this country powerful, this is the simple way because islamic community is the biggest part in our country.

    The islamic community has always been the biggest part in Indonesia. Why isn’t Indonesia a powerful country now? You seem to expect miracles when Indonesia turns into an Islamic state. Because that is what you want, you are not really interested in the Pancasilla.

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