President: RI`s last three elections quite democratic

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s last three general elections -- in 1999, 2004, and 2009 -- did reflect universal democracy values, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Tuesday.

Speaking at the opening of the 7th Conference of Asian Constitutional Court Judges at the State Palace, the President said Indonesia would continue to improve the quality of its elections by learning from other countries` experience.

He told the congress` participants from 26 countries, Indonesia adhered not only to the values of universal democracy but also to its own local values.

For a general election to produce a democratic life and legal supremacy, the head of state said, there should be an election law and clear rules of the game.

He added a permanent election law to protect the basic rights of the people should also be publicized widely in order to be understood by all people in the country.

The conference from July 12-15, 2010 is a forum for the participants to exchange experience and information on the handling of constitutional cases or the best state practices in the respective countries.

The conference is participated in not only by representatives from Asia but also from other countries. This year`s event discusses the development of election laws.

During the conference, leaders of Constitutional Courts from seven countries in Asia would form an association which aims to promote human rights protection, democracy, implementation of laws, constitutional court`s independence and also exchange of information among the members.

The Conference of Asian Constitutional Court Judges was first held in Jakarta in September 2003, and held once a year afterward.

Later the conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2004, then in Jiaanbatar, Mongolia, and the fourth was held in Manila in 2006, and in Seoul, South Korea in 2007, and again in Jiaanbatar in 2009.

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