This post is from the Star. Here is an excerpt:
The Constitution lays a powerful foundation that allows Indonesia to develop its governance while maintaining the essential rights and freedoms that define a just and fair civic society. Yet 2022 has seen powerful efforts to undermine and degrade democracy, including moves to weaken the independence of the Constitutional Court and impose restrictions on the freedom of the press.
These have culminated in a dangerous attempt to postpone the 2024 elections in defiance of the Constitution, as People’s Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo recently suggested.
Elections are the lifeblood of democracy, determining the allocation of power and allowing the people to directly influence the running of the government. The magnitude of their impact is illustrated by the enormity of consequences attendant on their absence.
Read the full article here.