Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Watchdog: Civil servants lead electoral offenders with 39 percent

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The People’s Election Watch (Jaga Pemilu) movement has unveiled findings related to violations during the 2024 elections, with civil servants being the primary offenders constituting 39 percent of the cases.

The report was provided by two internal datasets of Jaga Pemilu based on monitoring reports submitted by the public through the JagaPemilu.com portal.

Jaga Pemilu also has the capability to independently track and oversee the electoral process with the help of the JagaPemilu.com search engine.

Through this engine, volunteers can monitor the alleged campaign activities by analyzing data collected from social media activities.

Luky Djani, Secretary of the Jaga Pemilu Association, stated that they received 150 reports submitted by the public through the JagaPemilu.com portal. They also managed to collect 150,000 pieces of content related to alleged election violations from social media and online news media. Data and reports on election violations were received from the public between November 28, 2023 and February 10, 2024.

Referring to these findings, Luky mentioned that 44 percent of the reported cases involved alleged criminal election offenses. They also identified 13 percent of cases related to administrative election violations and violations of the electoral code of conduct.

Additionally, there were 33 percent of reported cases related to other legal violations. The issue of alleged election violations was dominated by concerns about the neutrality of law enforcement officials (APH) and civil servants (ASN), accounting for 39 percent. Other alleged irregularities, such as vote-buying, ranked second at 20 percent.

“We have conveyed various forms of violations and irregularities that we found to the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) for further action,” Luky said on Monday, February 12, 2024.

Furthermore, Jaga Pemilu reported that those suspected of being the main culprits of election violations in 2024 were primarily civil servants, accounting for 39 percent. The second position was occupied by legislative candidates, constituting 29 percent.

Other findings suggested that violations were allegedly committed by regional heads, political parties, election organizers, the Ministry of Defense, and even the president. “Actors suspected of violating or committing fraud are predominantly civil servants,” Luky stated.

Jaga Pemilu has forwarded reports of violations to Bawaslu, but they express regret that various violations related to the neutrality of civil servants tend to receive weak sanctions.
Abhan, the Chairman of Bawaslu from 2017 to 2022, admitted that he is not surprised if sanctions against those violating the neutrality of civil servants are weak.

This is because mayors or regents are considered human resources development officers (PPK) in their regions. PPK is the authority responsible for imposing sanctions on civil servants.

“If there is a report of a potential violation by civil servants, then from Bawaslu, the report will go to the Civil Service Commission, which will pass it on to the PPK. This may actually provide room for the lack of neutrality itself,” said Abhan.

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