Yogyakarta – The Faculty of Social Sciences Laboratory of the University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY Lab IP) in collaboration with the Republic of Indonesia General Election Commission (KPU-RI) held a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) evaluation of simultaneous regional elections 2015-2018.

The activity which was held on Wednesday (11/7) was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UMY Dr. Titin Purwaningsih, S.IP., M.Sc, KPU-RI Commissioner Pramono Ubaid Tanthowi, MA, Commissioner of the Bawaslu-RI Rahmat Bagja, S.H., LL. M, and was attended by representatives from DIY KPU, Yogyakarta City KPU, DIY Bawaslu, Yogyakarta Election Supervisory Body, Election Monitoring Independent Committee (KIPP), Association for Elections and Democracy (PERLUDEM), People’s Voter Education Network (JPPR), Independent Election Conscious Communities (KISP), as well as representatives of each of the Political Parties participating in the General Elections in DIY.

This FGD is a series of thematic activities carried out in four Indonesian universities including the University of North Sumatra (USU), Hasanuddin University (UNHAS), Airlangga University (UNAIR), and Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta (UMY).

On his visit to UMY, KPU-RI carried out FGD with the theme of Simultaneous Local Election: Democracy, Efficiency, and Solutions. “In the simultaneous regional election held in 2015-2018, Bawaslu found several fundamental problems that occurred in the implementation of administrative, socialization, and education about elections. This is homework that always occurs in elections from time to time, “said Rahmat Bagja. It was held in the Meeting Room of the Postgraduate Director Lt. 1 UMY Integrated Campus, this activity discusses the evaluation of simultaneous regional elections in 2015-2018 which is summarized in a presentation of research reports conducted by the Research Team of the Faculty of Political Sciences Laboratory of UMY.

Bambang Eka Cahya Widodo, S.IP., M.Sc., one of the UMM Fiscal Sciences Laboratory Research Team explained the problems that occur in the simultaneous regional elections in 2015-2018, one of which is the technical complexity of the presidential system with a multi-party combination, which makes the Governor Selected regents and mayors are urged to distribute power in the form of political patronage through projects and activities to supporting coalition partners so that the loss of neutrality of regional heads. (Faisal/Andrean).