Equalizing Perceptions of Election Disputes Resolution

Chief Justice Suhartoyo delivering a keynote speech and opening the fifth workshop on the procedural law for the 2024 general election results disputes for the KPU Monday (11/20/2023). Photo by MKRI/Ilham W. M.

BOGOR (MKRI) — Chief Justice Suhartoyo officially opened the fifth workshop on the procedural law for the resolution of the 2024 general election results disputes (PHPU) for the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Monday, November 20, 2023 at the Pancasila and Constitution Education Center (Pusdik) in Cisarua, Bogor, West Java Province.

In his keynote speech, he said that the Court will resolve the 2024 PHPU cases. This workshop was held to equalize the perception on the resolution of the 2024 election disputes. He hoped that the election organizers would be able to understand the Court’s procedural law and gain insight of the overview of the dispute resolution process, enabling them to litigate in the Court.

“The KPU has always been the party being sued and it will not shift from that position,” he said.

Chief Justice Suhartoyo explained that in the Court’s development, the cases brought to it not only involve numbers but also procedural matters. Therefore, the workshop participants will also receive materials and practice preparing the KPU’s (respondent) response.

Election Actors

Previously, head of Legal Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Bureau of KPU RI Andi Krisna emphasized the significance of the three main actors in elections: election participants, election organizers, and voters. The conflict resolution mechanism between election participants and election organizers, between organizers and organizers, and between participants, has been regulated in legislation in order to be resolved fairly.

Andi explained that the KPU as an election organizer has the task of coordinating, organizing, controlling, and monitoring all stages of the election. It is also obliged to carry out all stages of the election in a timely manner.

The mechanism for resolving election disputes has been regulated in the Election Law. Election participants can file a petition to the Constitutional Court (MK). Based on that, the KPU and the Court have conducted workshops to enable participants to anticipate as early as possible in case there are petitions regarding election results disputes submitted to the Court.

Meanwhile, in his report, the head of the Program and Implementation Division of the Pancasila and Constitution Education Center Nanang Subekti said that this workshop was conducted to support the implementation of the Court’s authority of resolving PHPU cases. The Court’s success does not only rely on the readiness of its apparatuses but also on the understanding of the its procedural law regarding election disputes, which will contribute to the overall success of the democratic process.

Nanang said that the workshop was the 32nd held by the Pancasila and Constitution Education Center (Pusdik) out of a series of workshops for political parties, advocates, and election organizers. This time, 160 people from regencies/cities in six provinces—Bengkulu, Banten, Central Java, North Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, and West Papua—participated.

Author       : Ilham Wiryadi M.
Editor        : Nur R.
Translator  : Najwa Afifah Lukman/Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

Disclaimer: The original version of the news is in Indonesian. In case of any differences between the English and the Indonesian versions, the Indonesian version will prevail.

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