MHN, Jakarta– The Areopagus Indonesia Institution reported online survey results related to the character of leaders needed by the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) community with the theme “Seeking Leaders of NTT 2018-2023”, on May 16, 2017 at Lot 38 Cikini, Jakarta.
The people of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) will elect new heads of regions by 2018. The NTT public is starting to discuss candidates who are considered capable of leading the land of Flobamora. Each person or group have candidate criteria that often provoke debate.
In the cyber era, in addition to criteria, the rejection of certain candidates is expressed openly by Netizens. This openness is certainly welcomed positively, especially for the candidates. Which means, each candidates can identify the character of the leaders needed by the NTT community today. Moreover, candidates can also formulate a platform of programs that address the needs of the NTT community.
Departing from this setting, Areopagus Indonesia conducted online survey as a preliminary research form themed “Seeking Leaders of NTT 2018-2023” This survey attempted to identify early candidates, Netizens characteristics, and issues of interest to Netizens.
Methodologically, this survey used nonprobability sampling method, especially accidental sampling technique. The survey design was a cross sectional study. Methods of data collection was a questionnaire distributed to Netizens originating from NTT through social media. Questionnaires were not only distributed to individuals but also social media groups of NTT Netizens. Sample in the survey conducted since April 23 to May 13 was numbered 436 of respondents.
The Areopagus Indonesia is an institution of public or community policy research based on rationality and scientific research. Areopagus Indonesia has a vision of becoming an institution of research, advocacy, and analysis of socio-political policies as well as community empowerment institutions which are credible, accountable, and independent.
Areopagus Indonesia will provide a socio-political analysis review to be a recommendation material, building a business process application system for governments and other policy-making actors. Areopagus will also conduct the monitoring and evaluation of socio-political policies, and regularly monitoring public opinion by using offline and online survey.
The survey had several findings: first, there were 13 names that have dominant rates above 2% in this survey of 45 names called by Netizens, namely Boni Hargens, Benny Harman, Raymundus Fernandez, Esthon Foenay, Kristo Blasin, Ahok, Melky Lakalena, Andre Garu, Robert Marut, Marianus Sae, Valens Daki Soo, Adinda Leburaya, and Marthen Dira Tome.
Second, Netizens domiciled in NTT tend to choose leaders who are also domiciled in NTT. The tendency was experienced by all candidates living in NTT. For example, Adinda Leburaya 100% and Marten D. Tome 100%, except Kristo Blasin were mostly chosen by Netizens who are domiciled outside NTT (55%).
Third, the tendency that arose from the Netizens was to choose a candidate leader who has the same tribe. This tendency was visible in all candidates.
Fourth, most Netizens knew the potential leaders they want. In general, Netizens knew candidates from social media (21.4%), followed by Political Party (15.6%), Television (14.9%), and Newspapers (11.8%).
Here’s NTT Netizen’s hope for the upcoming NTT Leader:
There are five hopes of Netizens to NTT leaders from 2018 to 2023, which are the eradication of corruption, the quality of good education, solve the poverty problem, the improvement and development of infrastructure and bureaucratic reform.
First, the eradication of corruption. A total of 88 times Netizens have mentioned or have assessed the main problem of NTT today is corruption. The new NTT leader must be free from corruption and dare to fight corruption and corruption elements rooted in NTT. To note that by 2015, NTT was ranked fourth in terms of corruption cases (ICW data).
Second, the quality of education. The improvement of education in NTT is the hope of the Netizens. NTT leaders in the future need to pay attention to education facilities and infrastructures and accesses to education that reach to all corners of NTT. Netizens’ expectation actually confirm some data such as Human Development Index (IPM) and NTT Poverty Rate are in the last three.
Third, solve the poverty problem . NTT is well known for one of the provinces that are still below the national poverty line. Netizens’ expectation is to improve life, reduce unemployment and poverty rate, and improve people’s prosperity.
Fourth, infrastructure development. Infrastructure development in NTT is in fact not evenly distributed throughout the region and all villages in NTT. The hope is that NTT leaders need to invest maximally and precisely in the area of basic infrastructure (roads, bridges, clean water and lighting) to reduce the gap between sharper regions as well as efforts to bring new production centers. In addition, the development of a culture-based and environmentally friendly infrastructure needs to be the priority of leaders.
Fifth, bureaucratic reform. The complicated bureaucratic system become the criticism of Netizens. Netizens expectations are bureaucratic reform and the use of e-government systems with good budget governance. Bureaucracy put forward the effectiveness and efficiency of budget usage that is directly proportional to the performance and quality of employee.
Finally Netizens miss long-standing candidates who are assertive, intelligent, honest, brave, populist and full of integrity. When we engage in a democratic event in NTT in 2018 to bring about the leaders who truly fit the will of the people and are responsible to the people’s choice. (Maria Dauth/MHN)