Unlike other parties, the Democratic Party firmly rejects the return of the presidential and vice presidential election system through the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR). Likewise, the election of regional heads through the Regional Representative Council (DPRD).
Democratic Party Secretary General (Secretary General) Hinca Pandjaitan said, returning the leadership regeneration process to the realm of central and regional parliaments was a setback for democracy. General election in the hands of the people is the fulfillment of the people's sovereignty that should be protected by the state.
"The Democratic Party has rejected the presidential election by the MPR. "Refusing regional head elections, whether governors, regents and mayors, are either indirectly or elected by the DPRD," said Hinca in an official release in Jakarta, Monday (2/12).
The two rejections, he said, became the official decision of the Democratic Party's Central Leadership Council (DPP). One more official rejection of the Democratic Party, which is related to the plan to increase the presidential term to three times.
"Refusing to extend the president's term to three terms," ??said Hinca.
Hinca added, the Democratic Party's DPP had strong reasons for rejecting the three constitutional discourses that were later developments.
He explained, the rejection of the presidential and vice presidential elections by the MPR was strengthened by reason of the consensus of the Indonesian people that requires the regeneration of the national leadership to take place by a direct election system by the people.
"The presidential election by the MPR is clearly a setback for democracy and hurting and hurting the people," Hinca said.
"The people as the sole owner of sovereignty, require the state to guarantee the right to elect its leaders directly through general elections. Second, said Hinca, the same basic thought is also related to the election of regional heads (Pilkada)," he continued.
He said, the people in the regions clearly had the same right to ensure that regional leaders in accordance with their choices in a direct way in the elections. Therefore, he said, the Democratic DPP will strongly reject any discourse on the change in the regional head election system that has been held directly by the people, back to the realm of local legislators.
"Communities in the regions also have the right to directly elect leaders in their regions to determine and plan the future of their regions," continued Hinca.
Finally, said the member of the House of Representatives Commission III, the question of extending the term of office of the president who was envisaged increased to three periods. According to Hinca, the addition of tenure is vulnerable to abuse of power at the executive level.
According to him, the 1945 Constitution which regulates the maximum term of office of a president for two periods, or five years each period is sufficient to provide guarantees of democracy and regeneration of leadership.
"This example also occurs in many other democracies in the world. Presidential power that is too long in someone's hands will tend to abuse of power," said Hinca.
The discourse of the presidential office into three periods strengthened in the past week in accordance with the polemic of the 5th amendment to the 1945 Constitution. There are three main issues that tighten related to the amendment to the constitution.
In addition to adding a period, namely the term of office of the president of two, to three times, concerning the presidential and vice presidential election system (Pilpres) returned to the new order, namely through voting in the MPR RI. The MPR is a joint chamber between the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Regional Representative Council (DPD).
The presidential election through the MPR automatically brings up additional discourse that returns the MPR, as the highest state institution above the presidential institution, the DPR, and the DPD. At present, these institutions are in an equal position in the power sharing system.