Term of Office for Village Head Becomes 9 Years, Profit or Loss?

Hello friends Summarized! This time we will discuss one of the hot issues among the village community, namely the extension of the village head’s tenure to 9 years. What is the reason and impact of this change? Come on, see the following article!

Term of Office for Village Head Becomes 9 Years, Profit or Loss?

What is the Kades?

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The village head (kades) is a government leader at the village level who is directly elected by the village community. The village head has an important role in managing village resources and development, including village funds, the amount of which continues to increase every year.

However, the tenure of the village head so far is only six years and can be elected three times in a row or not. Many village heads feel that the six-year term of office is too short to realize village development programs that take a long time.

Therefore, some time ago a proposal emerged to revise Law Number 6 of 2014 concerning Villages, particularly those governing the tenure of village heads. This proposal was finally agreed upon by the DPR RI Legislative Body (Baleg) on June 23, 2023.

In the revision of the Village Law, the tenure of village heads was extended to nine years for one period and can be elected twice. So, the maximum term of office for village heads is 18 years, the same as before.

Reasons for Extending the Term of Office of the Village Head

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According to the chairman of the DPR RI Baleg Supratman Andi Agtas, the main reason for extending the term of office for village heads is to maintain village stability. He said that there was often friction between villagers due to village head elections (Pilkades) which could disrupt village development.

“To become the locomotive of our economic growth in the future, it is important for us to maintain stability,” Supratman said in a press release received by Kompas.com.

In addition, the extension of the village head’s term of office is also intended to provide an opportunity for the village head to continue the village development programs that are already underway. With a nine-year term of office, it is hoped that village heads can be more focused and consistent in managing village funds and other resources.

Impact of Extension of Term of Office of Village Head

The extension of the village head’s tenure certainly has both positive and negative impacts on the village community. The following are some of the impacts that can be felt:

Positive impact

  • Increase the continuity and effectiveness of existing village development programs.
  • Reducing political costs and potential conflicts due to Pilkades which are often held.
  • Providing opportunities for outstanding village heads to continue their leadership.
  • Growing a sense of responsibility and loyalty of the village head to the village community.

Negative impact

  • Reducing opportunities for new village head candidates to compete and contribute to village development.
  • Increasing the risk of corruption and abuse of authority by village heads who have served too long.
  • Causing boredom and boredom for the village community with stagnant or declining performance of the village head.
  • Hindering regeneration and innovation in village governance.

Conclusion

The extension of the village head’s tenure to 9 years is one of the results of the revision of the Village Law agreed upon by the Baleg DPR RI. The main reason for this change is to maintain village stability and increase the effectiveness of village development programs. However, these changes also had positive and negative impacts on village communities.

This is the article this time about the tenure of the village head being 9 years. Hopefully useful and add to your insight. If you have questions or comments regarding this article, please write in the comments column below. Thank you and see you in the next article!

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