Projections for the Implementation of the Second Round of the DKI Jakarta Pilgub

JAKARTA. The second round of the DKI Jakarta Governor (Pilgub) election is underway where the pair Basuki-Djarot and Anies-Sandi are walking in a vote battle on April 19. The implementation stages for the second round have also been announced by the DKI Jakarta Regional General Election Commission (KPUD). Then, how was the implementation of the first round of Jakarta regional elections and what could be done to make the second round run better? The Populi Center in collaboration with the Indonesian Political Science Association (AIPI) and the Political Research Center of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2P LIPI) discussed this topic with the theme "Projections for the Implementation of the Second Round of the DKI Jakarta Pilgub". In this discussion, the AIPI Central Management Prof. Dr. Ikrar Nusa Bakti, Commissioner of KPUD DKI Jakarta Dahlia Umar, and Director of Populi Center Usep S. Ahyar.

Jakarta KPUD commissioner Dahlia Umar said that KPUD gave several records. First, managing logistics and structuring officers at the polling station (TPS) level. In terms of logistics management, there is no problem, but the Jakarta Election Commission is still anticipating the potential for additional TPS. "Yesterday there were no significant problems. There were only ballot reports at several polling stations that were lacking and did not match the number of final voter lists (DPT) that had been determined," said Dahlia. According to him, this problem has been investigated to find out the cause. The root of this is the loading of ballots at the city KPU which contains the potential for inaccurate ballot distribution. Second, regarding the implementation of voting and vote counting. Many voters are not registered. This condition could be due to two things, namely they have left Jakarta and they moved to Jakarta after the DPT was determined. "Voters must be registered, therefore we will open voter registration at the sub-district level and in strategic places such as apartment neighborhoods, nursing homes and hospitals from March 22 to March 28," he explained. In voter data collection, he acknowledged that the KPUD had difficulties in registering those who live in elite settlements and apartments. KPUD officers are not allowed to enter the apartment, making it difficult to collect data from unit to unit.

The Director of the Populi Center, Usep S. Ahyar, explained that procedurally the implementation of elections that experienced problems was the DPT. According to him, voter turnout which was recorded at around 75% in the first round could be higher than that. The reason is, in the Populi Center's own survey when asked about their willingness to choose the percentage was above 90%. "This is homework for the KPU," explained Usep. He continued, the average person also did not check whether he had been registered as a DPT at the KPU. The activeness of the community to be able to carry out self-data collection is also very necessary. On the other hand, in terms of substance, the campaign war is the most terrible thing. War over issues, religion, race and class is a dangerous thing. “Social identity is fried into sentiment. Islam or Christianity are statistically only nominal, but when fried in the media with language it will turn into political pressure in society," he explained.

AIPI Central Management Prof. Dr. The Nusa Bakti Pledge added that a political campaign that was too long had caused the Indonesian nation to be divided into a dangerous ideology. KOMPAS media also stated this directly in their editorials. The regional government cannot run the government fully within five years because approximately 5 months are used for the first and second rounds of campaigns. "Hopefully the Law on campaigns can be improved. Is it necessary to campaign for up to three and a half months and is it necessary to campaign in the second round, "added Ikrar. On the other hand, he noted that the KPUD and Bawaslu must be careful in giving warnings about what can and cannot be done during the campaign period. Jakarta is currently entering a month full of dangers which has a psychological effect on the citizens becoming the silent majority and they are afraid to raise their voices.