The government regulates that the state civil apparatus (ASN) may not like, share and comment on election participants’ social media posts. PKS criticized the policy because it was considered rigid.
“The intentions were good, but they became stiff. ASN are also humans, have hearts and minds,” said PKS DPP Chairman Mardani Ali Sera when contacted, Sunday (24/9/2023).
According to Mardani, if you only like social media posts, it doesn’t need to be a problem. “What is not allowed is if you are actively campaigning,” he said.
According to him, currently there is a State Civil Apparatus Committee (KASN) which oversees the actions of ASN. For Mardani, those who need to be monitored are regional heads and other officials who have great power.
“There is KASN, the State Civil Apparatus Committee which maintains their professionalism and integrity. Don’t let them (ASN) be supervised. What needs to be supervised is the Regional Head and officials who have the authority to exert pressure,” he said.
It is known that the rules regarding ASN neutrality ahead of the 2024 elections are regulated in detail, including the use of social media. ASNs are prohibited from uploading, commenting, sharing, liking, or joining or ‘following’ election participants’ winning groups/accounts.
“It’s true that it is in the regulation of various statutory regulations,” said Head of the Data, Communication and Public Information Bureau of the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, M Averrouce, Sunday (24/9/2023).
This rule is stated in a Joint Decree (SKB) signed by five heads of ministries/institutions, namely the Ministry of Home Affairs, Bawaslu, KemenPAN-RB, KASN, BKN. This is SKB Number 2 of 2022 concerning Guidelines for the Neutrality Development and Supervision of State Civil Service Employees in the Implementation of General Elections and Elections.
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