Ramlan Surbakti

Ramlan Surbakti was born in Karo, North Sumatra on June 20, 1951. He completed his undergraduate study in Public Administration, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta in 1977. In 1982, he completed his master at the University of Ohio, USA. Later, he earned a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Political Science from the University of Northern Illinois, US. As an expert in the field of political science, he has written a lot of books. In 1984, he published his book “Perbandingan Sistem Politik”. In 1992, he released “Memahami Ilmu Politik “. He also wrote a series of electoral books together with Kemitraan, namely “Menyederhanakan Waktu Penyelenggaraan Pemilu: Pemilu Nasional dan Pemilu Lokal” in 2011, “Membangun Sistem Kepartaian Pluralisme Moderat” in 2011, and “Mendorong Demokratisasi Internal Partai Politik” in 2013. In addition to the books, he wrote articles on political parties and elections in several media. A number of his writings were printed in Harian Kompas “Urgensi Kodifikasi UU Pemilu” in November 2015, “Parpol, Penggerak Demokrasi” in January 2016 and many more. His contributions in the realm of elections did not stop there. The man, Professor of Comparative Politics at Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Airlangga, served as the Vice Chairman of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in 2001 – 2004 continued with being appointed as Chairman of the Commission in 2004-2007.

In 1998, he was once a member of Team Seven for Preparing Four Drafts of Law on Political Parties, while in 2000-2001 as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee for Changes in Election Law, and as a Member of the House of Representatives and the Regional House of Representatives. This man born in Karo was also a Senior Advisor on Election for the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (2008-present) and much more contributions on the issues of political parties in Indonesia. Currently, he has been assigned as the Chief Executive of the Selection Committee for Candidate Members of Election Supervisory Body (2012-2017). He was also awarded in the Indonesian Government Science Society event in 2013 for the category of Government Science. Moreover, he was awarded “Election Partners” and “Election Observers” from the Indonesian Election Supervisory Body of Indonesia and the Indonesian Elections Commission for his contribution to the elections in Indonesia, both in 2014. (*)



Place and Date of Birth :

Karo, North Sumatra, 20 June 1951

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Educational Background :
  1. Undergraduate program, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  2. Master program, University of Ohio, United States
  3. Doctoral program, University of Northern Illinois, United States
Books :
  1. Reformasi dalam Kekuasaan Presiden (1998)
  2. Institusi Politik Formal (1999)
  3. “Political Reform: The Idea of Unitary and Federal States” with Ikrar Nusa Bhakti and Irine H. Gayatri (2002)
  4. Perkembangan Partai Politik di Indonesia (2003)
  5. Seri Elektoral Demokrasi, and many more.
Organizational Appointments
  1. Member of Team Seven for Preparing the Four Drafts of Law on Political Parties (1998)
  2. Chairman of the Drafting Committee for Changes in Election Law as Member of House of Representatives and Regional House of Representatives (2001)
  3. Vice-Chairman of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in 2001 – 2004
  4. Chairman of General Election Commission in 2004 – 2007
  5. Senior Advisor on Election for the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (2008 – present)
  6. Chief Executive of Selection Committee of Candidate Members of Election Commission and Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) (2012 – 2017)
Association Membership: :
  1. Member of Indonesian Association for the Development of Social Sciences (HIPPIS) (1983-present).
  2. Member of Indonesian Political Science Association (AIPI) (1992-present).
  3. Member of Indonesian Government Science Society (MIPI) (1993-present).

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