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Bali Forum discuss Fund of Political Parties

Funding support from the state for new political parties will be useful if followed by sanctions on political parties that do not function well.

Funds of political parties from the state can be used for operations as well as political education of cadres and candidates of parliamentarians.

About the fund of this political party was mentioned in the discussion session of the Bali Civil Society and Media Forum (BCSMF) 2017 organized by the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) with the Press Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia at Atria Residence Gading Serpong, South Tangerang, 12).

Political parties are still seen as the main instruments of the democratic system as well as the determinants of the quality of democracy.

According to the former Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Korea Jakob Tobing who was a member of the Indonesian Electoral Committee (PPI) in 1999, political parties must manage their finances openly. The state and the public must know the source of funds and the use of political party funds. No political funding source should be covered up.

"They should not have unlisted and unknown sources of funding," said Jakob Tobing, who was a member of the Golkar Party before moving to the PDI Perjuangan after the New Order.

Furthermore, President Leimena Institute said that every cadre of political parties who want to be nominated as members of legislative institution must follow and pass some kind of special education. Thus the quality of legislative members and the resulting legislation product can be more weighty.

"With the process of cadre and political education like this we will have a qualified politician, not a broker," he said again.

Coordinator of Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) Adnan Topan Husodo in a separate session said he agreed with the fund of political parties from the state budget. But, he added, the move would not be effective if the state just poured money for political parties, but on the other hand did not evaluate the performance of political parties.

"I agree with the fund of political parties from the state, but there is a difference, the fund should be followed by strict sanctions if the political parties do the fraud, without it will be in vain," he said.

At the end of last August, the government through Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has stipulated an increase in funds for political parties that the state budgeted almost 10 times, from the previous Rp 108 to Rp 1,000 for each vote obtained by political parties.

In his explanation, Sri Mulyani said that the increase of funds for political parties was in accordance with the suggestion of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

A few weeks after Sri Mulyani's statement, the KPK through Deputy Prevention Pahala Nainggolan said that ideally political party funds from the state budget of Rp 10,000 for each vote.

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