The Court Rejects PPP's Election Dispute Petition for the North Gorontalo 2
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Petitioner's legal counsel, Andra Bani Sagale and Muallim Bahar, while attending the ruling hearing for the 2024 legislative election results dispute of Province/Regency of Gorontalo Province on Thursday (6/6/2024) in the Plenary Courtroom of the Constitutional Court. Photo by MKRI/Ifa.


JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court (MK) rules to declare inadmissible and reject the election results dispute petition for the  2024 legislative election results dispute of Province/Regency (PHPU DPR/DPRD) filed by the United Development Party (PPP). The ruling hearing for Case No. 139-01-17-29/PHPU.DPR-DPRD-XXII/2024 was held on Thursday, June 6, 2024.

Constitutional Justice Ridwan Mansyur read the court's legal considerations stating that in the third petition point, the Petitioner requested that the correct vote results according to their assertion be established for the filling of seats of the Provincial Legislative Council of Gorontalo in the Gorontalo 6 at polling station (TPS) 04 in Palopo Village and TPS 02 in North Marisa Village, Marisa Subdistrict, Pahuwato Regency. However, in the fifth petition point, the Petitioner requested a revote at several TPS, including TPS 04 in Palopo Village and TPS 02 in North Marisa Village, Marisa Subdistrict, Pahuwato Regency.


Petition points 3 and 5 contradict each other, as the Petitioner did not formulate them as alternative petitions but rather cumulatively. Consequently, Ridwan continued, the legal consequence is that if one petition is granted, it would contradict the other. This formulation of the petition has rendered the request concerning the Provincial Legislative Council of Gorontalo in the Gorontalo 6 unclear or ambiguous.


No Changes in Political Party Vote Acquisition


Regarding the Petitioner's claims for the North Gorontalo 2, the Court confirmed the incident where two voter relocation letters (SPM) were not found in the ballot box at TPS 002 in Tanjung Karang Village during the vote recapitulation at the Tomilito Subdistrict level. Subsequently, these documents were located and returned to the ballot box, resolving the issue in accordance with the recommendations and suggestions of the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu).


After a thorough examination by the Court, Ridwan continued, there were no changes in the vote totals for all political parties, including the Petitioner, both on the C.Results form at TPS 002 in Tanjung Karang Village and on the D.Results form for Tomilito Subdistrict. Additionally, the number of valid and invalid votes matched the number of voters, whether registered on the Final Voters List (DPT), Additional Final Voters List (DPTb), or Special Voters List (DPK). Thus, the Petitioner's claim regarding a violation related to the missing voter relocation documents (SPM) is legally unfounded.


"Declares the Petitioner’s petition regarding the Provincial Legislative Council of Gorontalo in the Gorontalo 6 inadmissible; Rejects the Petitioner’s petition regarding the North Gorontalo Regency Council in the North Gorontalo 2" stated Chief Justice Suhartoyo while reading the Decision from the Plenary Courtroom, Building 1 of the Constitutional Court, Jakarta.

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PPP Reveals Vote Inflation in Gorontalo 6 and North Gorontalo 2

It should be noted that in a previous hearing, the Petitioner indicated that there were two electoral districts involved in their election results dispute petition for the Members of the House of Representatives and Regional Legislative Councils, namely the Provincial Legislative Council in the Gorontalo 6 and the Regency Council in the North Gorontalo 2. The Petitioner compared the differing vote totals as recorded by the Respondent and the Petitioner, spanning two areas: Boalemo Regency and Pahuwato Regency. NasDem received 8,833 votes while PPP received 8,777 votes, resulting in a difference of 56 votes. This margin significantly affects the allocation of the first seat to PPP and the second seat to NasDem. The Petitioner claimed that the votes obtained by NasDem were inflated by the Respondent at several TPS, including TPS 004 in Palopo Village, Marisa Subdistrict, Pohuwato Regency;TPS 002 in Karya Indah Village, Buntulia Subdistrict, Pohuwato Regency; and TPS 001 in Manawa Village, Patilanggio Subdistrict, Pohuwato Regency.


Regarding the claims in the North Gorontalo 2, which includes Tomilito Subdistrict and Ponelo Kepulauan Subdistrict, the Petitioner highlighted an administrative violation that occurred at TPS 02 in Tanjung Karang Village, Tomilito Subdistrict. At this TPS Andra continued, two voter relocation letters were not found among the three votes from the Additional Final Voters List (DPTb) who voted there, as only one SPM was present in the ballot box. Additionally, the Petitioner requested that the Court order the Respondent to scrutinize the Final Voters List and the vote count results and to restore the valid and invalid votes based on the C.Results Plano and C.Results Copy at several TPS

Also read : 

KPU Responds to Claims of Vote Inflation in Gorontalo 6 and North Gorontalo 2

Formal Criteria Unfulfilled, PPP’s Election Dispute for Gorontalo 6 Dismissed

Author : Sri Pujianti.

Editor : Nur R.
Translator : Gabrielle K.W/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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