Court, Bawaslu Coordinate Ahead of 2024 Legislative Election Disputes

Constitutional Court welcoming the Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) at an audience in the main building, Tuesday (4/23/2024). Photo by MKRI/Panji.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court (MK) welcomed the Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) in an audience on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at the meeting room on the first floor of the Court’s main building. Chief Registrar Muhidin; head of the Legal Affairs and Registrar Administration Bureau Fajar Laksono; head of the Center for Research, Case Review, and Library Management (Puslitka) Pan Mohamad Faiz; and substitute registrars Rizki Amelia and Syukri Asy’ari welcomed the Bawaslu delegation, which consisted of head of the Legal Bureau Agung Indra Atmaja, legal analysts (functional officers) Agnes Natasia and Syaugi Pratama, legal officer Neneng Widasari, and legal advisor Kurniawan.

At the meeting, Muhidin explained that the Court would need to coordinate matters relating to disputes over the results of the election of members of the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), and Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) in the 2024 legislative election.

“We will inform [Bawaslu] of technical matters on the proceedings or how the Court organize hearings. Each panel has its own characteristic, but there are general matters that act as reference. In some of the presentations, we have prepared material on the stages of the proceedings,” he said.

He explained that Bawaslu, which act as a testifier in Court proceedings, had joined a workshop that the Court organized.

“Starting from April 29, 2024, [legislative election dispute] hearings will begin. [The cases] have been registered and recorded in the [electronic constitutional case registration book]. The Court has sent copies of the petitions to Bawaslu,” Muhidin explained.

Bawaslu will receive copies of all 297 petitions, which are uploaded onto the Court’s website, Muhidin said. The agency can then study the petitions filed by political parties and individuals. The Court will hold preliminary hearings and evidentiary hearings where it will hear the respondent (the General Elections Commission), relevant parties, and Bawaslu.

On behalf of Bawaslu, head of the Legal Bureau Agung Indra Atmaja said that Bawaslu had made preparations for the legislative election results disputes.

“[Bawaslu] has prepared technical matters and evidence. We would like to ensure the steps take at the regency/city level,” he explained.

He asked about the number of panels for the legislative election results disputes to prepare the composition of Bawaslu members for the panels. In this legislative election, he said, there are the highest number of petitions, so the agency must use time effectively.

Author       : Utami Argawati
Editor        : Lulu Anjarsari P.
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (RA)

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024 | 17:28 WIB 101