Workshop on The Law and Politics of Elections in Indonesia

On 17 April 2019, Indonesian’s will vote in the national legislative and presidential elections. This is the first time that parliamentary and presidential elections will be held on the same day. There are competing factors at play in the upcoming 2019 elections. There have been changes to Indonesia’s electoral laws, as has been the case prior to every national election since 1999. The elections raise important questions not only about electoral laws, but also about religion, race and money politics in Indonesia. This conference brought together a distinguished group of academics to discuss the law and politics of elections in Indonesia, including: Dr Hasyim Asy’ari, Indonesian General Elections Commission (KPU) Commissioner; Dr Fritz Edward Siregar, Indonesian Electoral Supervision Body (Bawaslu); alumni of UNSW Law and a former visiting fellow at UNSW Law (2017); Professor Simon Butt, Associate Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney Law School; Adhy Aman, Senior Programme Manager, International IDEA; Melissa Crouch, UNSW School of Law.; Naila Rizqi Zakiah is a public defender at the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat) ; Firmansyah Sarbini is the co-founder of the Support Group & Resource Center on Sexuality Studies (SGRC) at the University of Indonesia; Ms Milda Istiqomah and Ms Indri Saptaningrun, both PhD candidates at UNSW Law.