The Constitutional Court (MK) in cooperation with the Central Executive Board of the National Mandate Party (PAN) held a Colloquium on the Procedural Code of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on May 11-13, 2007.

The colloquium between the Constitutional Court (MK) and the Central Executive Board of the National Mandate Party (PAN) was a forum for communicating and comprehending the basic contents which are extremely useful for the implementation of the duties of the legislators in particular and the party’s members in general. In fact, being a new institution, there are only a small number of people who understand the position of the Constitutional Court in the Judicial System as well as its function as the guardian of the constitution.

This event was held not only for disseminating information about the major revisions in the Indonesian administrative system, but also as a forum for preparing the political parties to face the possible occurence on disputes on the results the upcoming 2009 Elections.

In his speech, the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, Prof. Dr. Jimly Asshiddiqie, S.H. said, the objective of this colloquium was not only to know the Constitutional Court’s working mechanism. Jimly also hoped that the Constitutional Court, as a state institution, would be used as a constitutional procedure or a legal path for settlingpossible political conflicts between the general elections administrators and participants, so that those conflicts would not escalate to become social conflicts.

Furthermore, with the achievement of common perception regarding the law and the constitution, Jimly expects, this activity can assist in the future development of the the political parties’ function as providers of political education for the citizens. “Hopefully with this activity, we can also take part in developing the tradition of a constitutional democracy, based on the rule of constitution”, he explained.

This event was also attended by Prof. Dr. H. Amien Rais, AM Fatwa, the Chairperson of the Central Executive Board of the National Mandate Party Soetrisno Bachir, and Patrialis Akbar. Last Friday, apart from the colloquium, the Legal Aid and Consultation of the Reform Mandate Agency was also officiated. (yoga).

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