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Tuesday, 23 May 2023 16:55

Child Commission, Election Supervisory Body To Monitor Child Abuse in Elections

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VOINews, Jakarta - The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) and the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) of the Republic of Indonesia have established cooperation to monitor child abuse and violations of children's rights during the 2024 General Elections and Regional Head Elections. 

"It is very important that this cooperation is carried out, because learning from the past, it is not immune from child abuse in politics," said KPAI Chairwoman Ai Maryati Sholihah in Jakarta, Tuesday. 

She said KPAI and Bawaslu also agreed that in the democratic and political process, they must always provide support for child protection.  She explained that KPAI would prepare systems and SOPs and follow-up countermeasures because there are several points of vulnerability in the Election Law. 

"Often found in the campaign stage, children become political commodities such as manipulation and exploitation," he said. 

Next is the preparation of services, where when children become victims, they will be given rehabilitation. Unlike the treatment of adults, who undergo punishment.

After signing the memorandum of understanding, KPAI prepared a circular letter, which expanded not only supervision but its implementation by four institutions, namely KPAI, Bawaslu, KPU, Ministry of PPA. 

"These four institutions are very important to provide optimal support for prevention, handling, services to law enforcement," she emphasized. 

Meanwhile, Chairman of Bawaslu RI Rahmad Bagja said the cooperation was very important to sensitize first-time voters, who were 17 years old when the election took place. 

"Their constitutional right is the right to vote, not that they should hate the choices of other citizens," he emphasized. 

In addition, Bawaslu expects political parties as election participants to use good campaigns, especially for novice voters.  "We hope that we can work together with KPAI to raise awareness of young voters and election participants," he hoped. (Antaranews)

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