Author : Adrian Juro 

Democracy is a system of government in which state power is vested in the people or the general population of a state. According to the United Nations, democracy “provides an environment that respects human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in which the freely expressed will of people is exercised.” The word democracy comes from the Greek words “demos” meaning people, and “kratos” meaning power. Democracy can be thought of as “power of the people”, a way of governing which depends on the will of the people. In which the rulers are elected by the people.

In the context of Indonesia, it’s well known as the world’s third-largest democracy. The government is administered by the people, for the people, and by the people. This year in 14 February 2024 the country has held general elections to vote for president, vice president as well as legislators. After a thorough count by the General Elections Commision known as KPU, they then declared Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka as the winners of the 2024 presidential election.

Speaking about democracy, the student council also applies the democracy system in electing the chairman and vice chairman of Student Council. OSIS (Organisasi Siswa Intra Sekolah) or Student Council, an internal school organization for students that focuses on organizing, collaborating, and cooperating among students on educational activities. During the election, students vote which candidate they believe have the best vision and mission and also based on the candidate’s track record. The winner is the contender with the most votes. The newly elected chairman and vice chairman of Sekolah Tunas Indonesia Junior High Student Council are Nijananda Kinanti Olivia and Adrian Juro.

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