Secretary-General: Court’s Decision Recommends Six Simultaneous Election Models

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Secretary-General M. Guntur Hamzah the national webinar and FGD by the Constitutional Court and APHAMK, Saturday (11/20/2021) in Solo. Photo by Humas MK/Yuwandi.

Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 07:19 WIB

SOLO, Public Relations—Secretary-General of the Constitutional Court (MK) M. Guntur Hamzah spoke at the national webinar on “The Format of Simultaneous Elections After Constitutional Court Decision No. 55/2019” organized by the Court and the Association of Lecturers on Procedural Law of the Constitutional Court (APHAMK) on Saturday, November 20, 2021 in Solo.

“The Court ruled on the elections’ simultaneity by offering six simultaneous elections models. The Government and the House determined the election format from various aspects and evaluated the previous simultaneous elections,” he said.

In its ruling, the Court recommended options for simultaneous elections models: elections for DPR, DPD, president-vice president, and DPRD; for DPR, DPD, president-vice president, governor, and regent/mayor; for DPR, DPD, president-vice president, DPRD, governor, regent/mayor; or national election for DPR, DPD, president-vice president followed by those for provincial DPRD, then for regency/city DPRD, governor, and regent/mayor with intervals in between; and the national election for DPR, DPD, president-vice president followed by those for provincial DPRD and governor, then for regency/city DPRD, governor, and regent/mayor with intervals in between.

Those options were offered so that the elections remain simultaneous and could be a guideline for election organizers—the KPU (General Elections Commission), Bawaslu (Elections Supervisory Body), and the DKPP (Election Organizer Ethics Council), as well as the Government to follow up on the Court’s decisions.

Also read: Chief Justice Talks Simultaneous Elections Format in Court’s Decision 

Deadline

Guntur also talked about the deadline for resolving disputes over simultaneous elections and regional head elections (pilkada). The Court asserts that the resolution shall not pass even one day from the deadline set in the law.

“If the Court passes the deadline, [its ruling] is deemed defective,” he said.

How does the Court anticipate the 2024 Pilkada? The Court already has its own methods on resolving pilkada dispute cases. The key is information and communication technology.

“If [the Court] is given a 14-workday deadline, [it will be able to] finish [the cases]. Thirty workdays, [it will be doable]. Forty-five workdays, [it will also be doable]. The key to the Court’s ability to resolve cases in the set deadline is the massive use of information and communication technology. The documents are scanned right away, which helps all staff of the Court,” Guntur stressed.

Writer        : Nano Tresna Arfana
Editor        : Nur R.
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

Translation uploaded on 11/23/2021 14:46 WIB

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