Indonesia Holds Re-Election in Many Regions

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — Good morning! Vice President (VP) of Indonesia Jusuf Kalla proposed two solutions to solve problems during Indonesia’ 2019 elections, in which more than 450 polling station workers died. He opined that the complexity of counting votes for legislative elections caused many polling workers to die.

The two solutions are the separation of types of elections and developing a closed legislative election system, he stated at the VP’ office in Jakarta on Monday (05/13). While, polling group officers should recount the votes for each legislative candidate at central, provincial and district levels.

Kalla rated, the main problem is not in the presidential elections, but in the legislative elections. The number of political parties in the 2019 legislative elections increased from 10 parties in 2009 to 16 parties in this year, he added.

Furthermore, around 32,000 police and military personnel will be stationed to secure the General Elections Commission (GEC), Elections Supervisory Agency building, and several vital objects, prior to the official declaration of manual vote-recapitulation results of the recent elections on May 22.

The deployment of security apparatus to protect the GEC building will be done two days prior to its announcement of the official results of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections, the National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo informed journalists yesterday.

On Apr 17, over 80 percent of the 192 million eligible voters across Indonesia had cast their ballots to elect representatives in the House of Representatives, Regional Representatives Council, as well as provincial and district and city legislative bodies.

Then, Indonesian government decreased the upper limit airfare price by around 12 to 16 percent. Official said that 12 percent cut is for high occupancy routes like Java Island. Meanwhile, the 16 percent decline is for eastern Indonesia route like Jayapura.

Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affair (CMEA) summarized that air transportation price hiked by 11.14 percent in the first quarter of 2019. This is way higher compared to buy by 1.69 percent, train by 4.44 percent, and ship by 2.01 percent.

The minister Darmin Nasution has asked Transportation ministry to soon release the regulation. He expected that the new tariff will be implemented on May 16, before Eid Al-Fitr public holiday.

Previously, President Joko Widodo has ordered a recalculation of the price of jet fuel to make it more efficient. The airfare hike is reportedly caused by a monopoly avtur price allegedly committed by state-owned energy company PT Pertamina.

Avtur price has contributed to 24 percent of airfare price, according to the Ministerial Decree Number 14 Year 2016. Airlines evaluation showed that jet fuel price has contributed to 40 percent of the operational cost. Therefore, further evaluation of components that might affect the basic airfares would be needed.

The current avtur tax for Indonesian airlines is 10 percent and has been imposed since 2003. Meanwhile, once distributed to neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, it remains under 10 percent.

Followed United States’ President Donald Trump decision to raise tariff 25 percent on US$200 billion’ products, China finally decided to retaliate on American products by setting import tariffs ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent on $60 billion goods. Its including frozen vegetables and liquefied natural gas.

The new tariff will be implemented starting on June 1. China Foreign Ministry stated that it will not surrender on external pressure. Trump has ordered Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to give another tariff on the remaining China’ import good, for around $325 billion. But there is no official decision about it yet.

Indonesian Rupiah against Dollar weakened by 0.1 percent yesterday to 14,501. Observers sees the pressure on US – China trade dispute still colored the local currency today.

May you have a profitable day!

Written by Linda Silaen and TIS Intelligence Team, Please Read Our Insight to Get More information about Indonesia

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