Pilkada law: Betrayal of democracy, Constitution

humanrights3Last week, 226 lawmakers put an end to the direct election of governors, mayors and regents. The new Regional Elections (Pilkada) Law will authorize legislative bodies to nominate and select the candidates for local leaders. Gone are the days when the people were directly involved in the election process. Gone are the days when independent candidates had an equal chance to compete with party-backed hopefuls.

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