Testimony of Vote Acquisition for Democratic DPRD Candidates in North Sumatra 1

The Relevant Party’s witnesses while attending the hearing for the 2024 legislative election results dispute of North Sulawesi, Friday (5/31/2024). Photo by MKRI/Bayu.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court (MK) held a continued hearing for the 2024 legislative election results dispute presided over by Constitutional Justices Arief Hidayat (panel chair), Anwar Usman, and Enny Nurbaningsih on panel 3, Friday, May 31, 2024. Case No. 81-02-14-25/PHPU.DPR-DPRD-XXII/2024 was petitioned by Harley Alfredo Benfica Mangindaan, a North Sulawesi Provincial DPRD (Regional Legislative Council) candidate in Electoral District 1. This evidentiary hearing was attended by the Petitioner, Respondent from the General Election Commission (KPU), and Relevant Party (Royke Reynald Anter).

Jerry Pangalila, a mandate witness at the Malalayang Sub-district PPK (subdistrict election committee), Manado. He said that on his first day on duty, his mandate letter was rejected by the Malalayang Sub-district PPK and it happened again on the second day he worked.

“Even when I was allowed to enter [the plenary meeting area], I was not allowed to be a witness in the panels during the plenary meeting. It was a fellow delegate witness from the Democratic Party who obstructed me,” he said.

He reported that there was a difference in votes at the city level plenary meeting. The Petitioner should have received 18,963 votes and the related party 18,940 votes.

Responding to his testimony, the Respondent's legal counsel stated that the data held by the Petitioner was not accurate data to be compared, instead he should have brought the C. Plano Result form.

Bawaslu (Elections Supervisory Body) conveyed the votes received by both the Petitioner and the Respondent. For the Democratic Party votes were 45,254 votes. For the Relevant Party, received 18,998 votes and the Petitioner received 18,952 votes. This data is the same as the data in the provincial plenary meeting and the data held by the Respondent.

Responding to the witness's statement about the entry ban for the Petitioner's mandate witnesses, Ariansyah (the Respondent's witness) denied this and stated that it was not true that any mandate witnesses were prohibited from entering. Ariansyah emphasized that only one mandate witness was allowed to enter the plenary meeting. Then, the KPU representative also explained that all mandate witnesses had signed the plenary meeting document so it was considered no special events during the plenary meeting.

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Author          : Siti Rosmalina Nurhayati.

Editor           : Nur R.

Translator     : Putri Ratnasari/Fuad Subhan

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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