Concurrent Election in Indonesian Politics: Opportunities and Challenges of Political Perspective



Concurrent elections in Indonesia will be held in 2019, but there has been no policy to regulate them yet. The purpose of this research is to map out the opportunities and challenges of concurrent elections and also to identify some problems of the implementation of concurrent election in Indonesia from political perspective, especially from the 4 actors, namely the government, political parties, electoral administrators and the society. This is a qualitative research using primary and secondary data from documentary and interview with some political experts. The results of this research indicate that concurrent election will strengthen the presidential system, increase the efficiency of the party organization and electoral administration, and also increase the participation of voters. But there are some problems in the implementation concurrent elections in Indonesia, namely: 1). Preparedness of the electoral governance, 2) arrangement and synchronization of election laws, 3) simplification of the electoral system and 4) simplification of the political party system, and 5) political awareness of political actors and society.

Key words: concurrent elections, presidential system, political parties, electoral governance.

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