PKS Witnesses Reject Sentani District Recapitulation Results, Losing 13 Votes

The Petitioner’s witness Teguh Riyanto testifying at a ruling hearing for the 2024 legislative election results dispute for case No. 202-01-08-33/PHPU.DPR-DPRD-XXII/2024, Friday (5/31/2024) on panel 2. Photo by MKRI/Teguh.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court (MK) continued the hearing for the 2024 legislative election results dispute to hear testimonies by the Prosperous Justice Party’s (PKS) experts and witnesses on Friday, May 31, 2024 and to examine and validate additional evidence.

At the hearing for case No. 202-01-08-33/PHPU.DPR-DPRD-XXII/2024, the Petitioner presented Teguh Riyanto and Ikram Hajir as witnesses, while the Respondent (KPU/General Elections Commission) presented Christina Monalisa, Octovina Hanna Florida, Efra Jeriyanto Tunya, and Marice Leoni Suebu as witnesses. Meanwhile, the National Awakening Party (PKB) as the Relevant Party presented Wihelmus Manggo and Fredi Lesi from the Party of Functional Groups (Golkar) as witnesses.

Before Deputy Chief Justice Saldi Isra and Constitutional Justices Ridwan Mansyur and Arsul Sani on Panel 2, Teguh Riyanto, a PKS mandate witness, said that there were 225 polling stations (TPS) in Sentani District. He participated in the district recapitulation from February 20 to March 2, 2024. Then the results were to be announced electronically.

“However, until March 12, 2024, PKS witnesses only received invitations to attend the district-level plenary session. We did not receive the district D-result form and did not attend the vote determination at the district level and on March 12, we, the witnesses, were only asked to sign the results of the district recapitulation without any information on the detailed results of the election participants’ votes,” said Teguh.

Previously, Teguh admitted that on March 10, witnesses were invited to sign the recapitulation results for Sentani District. At that time, the district election committee (PPD) only read out the results without giving the D-result form to every witness at the meeting. Teguh said the recapitulation results showed PKS received 3,948 votes. “There was a reduction of 13 votes based on the C-copy owned by the witness. We filled an objection form according to the KPU regency recommendation and made a report to the Provincial Bawaslu (Elections Supervisory Body) on March 15, 2024,” explained Teguh.

Regarding this objection, as a witness for PKS at the provincial level, Ikram Hajir confirmed that hee had also submitted an objection during the recapitulation. Apart from that, he also did not sign the results that had been determined, which stated that according to the provincial D-result form for the electoral district Papua 3, PKS received 6,658 votes.

Administrative Correction

Regarding the district-level recapitulation issue, Christina Monalisa as a district election committee (PPD) member said that the district-level D-result forms were given to witnesses and parties on March 10, 2024. This was because the committee had made administrative improvements, so the new D-result form was submitted on that date. “And for March 10, 2024, there was still data revision, and only on March 12, 2024, the results will be read out in the regency,” said Christina.

Another PPD member Octovina Hanna Florida confirmed that the PPD had made administrative revision, so the submission of D-result forms was delayed. “We received C.Plano forms from the polling stations, but because Sirekap had problems, we immediately input the votes. So the final voters list (DPT), additional final voters list (DPTb), and several other administrative documents had not been filled in when received by the PPD when we counted the votes,” she explained.

Issues Should Be Addressed in District

Efra Jeriyanto Tunya, a KPU member, confirmed that PKS objection’s to losing votes was submitted after the provincial results were announced. “During the provincial recapitulation, I read out the results myself. The present witness, Ikram, questioned the vote loss. However, since this was at the provincial level, it was not read out. The vote loss at the polling station and district levels had already been determined and was reiterated at the provincial level. This issue should have been resolved at the district plenary session,” he said.

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At the preliminary hearing on Thursday, March 10, 2024, the Petitioner stated that according to the Respondent, PKS received 6,658 votes, while the Petitioner claimed 6,671 votes, showing a margin of 13 votes. This discrepancy allegedly occurred during the Sentani district-level recapitulation on March 2, 2024. After several stages of objections, the Petitioner rejected the vote count for the entire Sentani District. They argued that without the vote reduction and additional votes for the other 15 parties, they would secure the eighth seat in the Papua Province DPRD (Regional Legislative Council). Therefore, the Petitioner requested the Court to confirm the correct vote of 6,671 for PKS in the electoral district of Papua 3.

Author              : Sri Pujianti
Editor                : Nur R.
Translator         : Sedanti Anjali Putri/Yuniar W.

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