No Relevant Evidence, Court Rejects the Petition of Riau Province DPD Candidate

The Petitioner’s legal counsel while attending a ruling hearing for the 2024 legislative election results dispute of Riau Province on Thursday (6/6/2024). Photo by MKRI/Teguh.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court (MK) rejected a petition by Edwin Pramana Putra, the 2024 DPD (Regional Representatives Council) candidate of Riau Province. The ruling hearing for case No. 06-04/PHPU.DPD-XXII/2024 was presided over by Chief Justice Suhartoyo alongside the other eight constitutional justices, on Thursday, June 6, 2024 in the plenary courtroom.

The Constitutional Justice M. Guntur Hamzah delivered the Constitutional Court’s legal considerations, he said that after the Court examined the evidence submitted by the parties, it found that the signing error was actually based on the mistake of the PKS (Prosperous Justice Party) witness in signing the signature column of the mandate witness. As for the vote acquisition, based on the Riau Bawaslu's (Elections Supervisory Body) decision, there is no evidence of changes or differences to the vote acquisition results of DPD candidate number 8 in the C. Result form and/or C.

“Thus, according to the Court, the issue argued by the Petitioner regarding the misplacement of signatures has not affected any party and the issue has been resolved by Bawaslu and is not related to the vote acquisition results dispute,” he explained.

The Petitioner's argument relating to vote inflation based on fake signatures, he explained, after the Court examined the parties' evidence, it found that there were various TPS (polling stations) Supervisory Reports which basically conveyed that there was no vote inflation or special events and no objections from election witnesses during the voting and counting on February 14, 2024 at each TPS.

Besides the aforementioned considerations, the Court also considered the Petitioner's arguments regarding signature errors by PKS which were in the subject matter related to violations of procedures or mechanisms that had been resolved by the Riau Province Bawaslu.

Furthermore, he said that in relation to the arguments regarding disputes over vote acquisition and inflation, there was no relevant evidence showing the effect of signature errors on the vote acquisition results. Moreover, based on the monitoring report, there were no specific incidents related to vote inflation.

Therefore, the Petitioner's argument related to vote inflation is not proven. “Thus, according to the Court, the Petitioner's arguments have no basis in law,” said Justice Guntur.

Thus, based on the entire description of the legal considerations above, the Court believes that the Petitioner's petition is not legally grounded in its entirety.

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During the preliminary hearing, the Petitioner asserted allegations of vote inflation, citing discrepancies such as fake signatures or incorrect signatures in the signature column at polling stations (TPS) in Marpoyan Damai Sub-district, Pekanbaru City. Furthermore, the Petitioner highlighted the presence of a witness who was not officially mandated by the Regional Representative Council (DPD) candidates but had signed the signature column on the C Result and C Copy forms of the DPD.

Author            : Utami Argawati
Editor              : Lulu Anjarsari P.
PR                     : Fauzan Febriyan

Translator     : Putri Ratnasari/Fuad Subhan

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