|Heru Mulyono, S.IP. M.T., (holding a microphone) as the secretary of the National and Political Unity Agency (Bakesbangpol) of Malang City. (Photo: Mirza / PR)|
The first simultaneous General Election in Indonesia will be held on 17 April. This moment is a new challenge. How not, to reduce the number of abstentions, the General Election Commission (KPU) must work extra.
Add more, the number of new voters increased this year. Then, it needed thousands of ways to attract the interest of beginner voters. At the same time dismiss the assumption that queuing at the voting place (TPS) did not just waste the time.
Thus said Heru Mulyono, S.IP. M.T., Secretary of the National and Political Unity Agency (Bakesbangpol) of Malang, Saturday (2/2). The Government Science Department UMM also paid more attention to this situation.
Heru was asked as a speaker in the Workshop of Community Empowerment for final level students of UMM Government Science. Also presented Dr. Oman Sukmana, M.Sc, Head of UMM Social Welfare Department as a speaker in the first session.
Community assistance in political participation was not a difficult job. According to Heru, if you already had a mature strategy and wanted to go down the field, this task would be easy because it was clearly practised.
Other data explained half of the voters in Indonesia were women. "In mentoring, the challenge is women because female voters are higher in number than men," Heru explained.
Then he explained law number 2 of 2008 concerning Political Parties. One of them was contained in article 2 paragraph 5, that the establishment and formation included at least 30 per cent of women's representation.
"Women must participate in politics because the rule of at least 30% must involve women," he said. Furthermore, Heru directed the workshop participants to be serious in assisting the community.
Empowerment, said Oman, needed high dedication. "As a social intellectual, side by side with society is something that is not negotiable and occasionally doesn't want to play money," he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the UMM IP Laboratory Yana S. Hijri, S.IP, M.IP. said the workshop was held in order to prepare prospective graduates to re-understand the importance of community empowerment.
"In addition, through this workshop, students are expected to be able to prepare themselves as a reliable and capable facilitator to participate in solving problems that arise in the community," said Yana.
In the second session, this workshop presented Dr. Rahmad K. Dwi Susilo, M.A., who gave material for empowering of the Environmental Conservation and Disaster Mitigation Sector. And, Yunan Syaifullah, S.E., M.Sc. in the Field of Development Economics. (Win)