Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan councilor Emus Gwijangge said the members of Papua People’s Assembly (MRP) were ‘worried’ their tenure would expire.
It was indicated by their request to Papua Legislative Council to suspense the ratification of Special Regulation Plan (Raperdasus) on the electing procedure of the members of Papua People’s Assembly for next five years, he said.
“It seems they are fear among MRP members. What is it about? It seems they are afraid their tenure would be ended. We will with the Chairman of Papua Legislative Council discuss the ratification of Raperdasus. We will convey our decision after that; whether it would be suspended or what,” Gwijangge who’s also member of Legislation Body of Papua Legislative Council on Saturday (5/3/2016).
Last week, MRP Chairman Timotius Murid and Deputy Chairman Honfi Simbiak and some MRP representatives held meeting with Chairman of Legislation Body of Papua Legislative Council and other councilors to discuss the possibility to suspense the ratification of Raperdasus on the electing procedure of MRP members. MRP also handed the decree No. 2/MRP/2016 about recommendation of suspension to discuss and ratify the Rapperdasus on the electing procedure of MRP members.
“MRP has met us, but we must still wait the Chairman of Papua Legislative Council. We will talk later with the Councilor Body. The decision is up to them. But based on the proper rule and mechanism, Papua Legislative Council couldn’t wait. Perdasus still must be ratified. The period of current members is only one month left,” he said.
He said at the end of the last year, the Papua Legislative Council endorsed the MRP Raperdasus along with some non-regional budget Raperdasus. But at that time, MRP asked for suspension due to its members were in reses period.
After meeting the Legislative Body on Thursday (3/3/2016), MRP Chairman Timotius Murib said the purpose they met the councilors is to discuss about some agenda as well as to identify many issues that should be compiled in Perdasus. But he didn’t mention about the conversation related to MRP request to suspense the ratification of Raperdasus on the electing procedure of MRP members.
“We agreed about some Perdasus that must be provided and discussed with the expert team. I think it was an advance step taken by Papua Legislative Council. Before drafting a Perdasus, Papua Legislative Council invite Papua People’s Assembly and other relevant institutions including General Election Committee related to simultaneously Regional Election in 2017,” said Murib at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)