The Indonesian General Elections Commission (KPU) has today unveiled an eminent panel of 11 experts, tasked with steering the discourse in the nation's first presidential and vice-presidential debate. Drawn from diverse universities across Indonesia, the panelists are entrusted with formulating incisive questions for the candidates on a range of pressing topics, including governance, law, human rights, anti-corruption measures, strengthening democracy, improving public services, and fostering social harmony.
Panelists: The Torchbearers of Indonesian Democracy
The panel brings together young legal prodigies such as Prof Bayu Dwi Anggono, the Dean of Law at the University of Jember, and seasoned veterans like the former Chair of the National Commission on Human Rights, Ahmad Taufan Damanik. The diverse panel also includes constitutional law experts like Prof Susi Dwi Harijanti from Universitas Padjadjaran and political scholars like Wawan Mas'udi from Gadjah Mada University.
A Wealth of Expertise
Each panelist brings a unique blend of academic and practical experience to the debate. Their backgrounds span serving in election commissions, consulting on conflict resolution, and advancing diversity education. The wealth of their collective expertise will shape the discourse of the debate, challenging the presidential and vice-presidential candidates to articulate their positions on critical issues facing the nation.
Indonesia's Democratic Future
This first presidential and vice-presidential debate, guided by an expert panel, marks a significant step in Indonesia's democratic journey. By challenging the candidates to address pressing national issues, it pushes them to move beyond populist rhetoric and articulate substantive policy proposals. As such, the debate will play a crucial role in informing the Indonesian public and shaping the future trajectory of the nation.