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Citizen’s Network on Election Monitoring and Democratic Rights in Indonesia: Komite Independen Pemantau Pemilu (KIPP)

In 1996, the pioneer citizen’s election monitoring network, Komite Independen Pemantau Pemilu (KIPP) or Committee for Independent Election Monitoring, emerged in Indonesia with the aim of monitoring the government’s manipulated elections and raising questions to the legitimacy of the fully controlled elections under the Soeharto government. After the transition to the Reform Era, the political reform was mainly done from a top-down approach through legal and institutional reform, while the role of citizen’s election monitoring became weakened. However, is citizen’s engagement in checks and balances system, as a bottom-up approach, still needed in the current era? Through interviews with key informants of former founders, key members of KIPP and electoral experts, the research identifies a few aspects of the needs to maintain such a network to strengthen and maintain the citizen’s role in monitoring elections and providing civic/voter education in Indonesia.

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Author:  
Chompunut Chalieobun

Topics: Human Rights