Court Orders DPRK Revote in Pidie Jaya 3

The Petitioner and its legal counsels at a ruling hearing for the 2024 legislative election results dispute, Friday (07/06/2024) in the plenary courtroom. Photo By MKRI/Teguh.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court (MK) handed down a ruling for the 2024 DPR-DPRD (House of Representatives-Regional Legislative Council) election results dispute petition of Aceh Province for case No. 54-01-05-01/PHPU.DPR-DPRD-XXII/2024 on Friday, June 7, 2024. The case was petitioned by NasDem (National Democratic Party).

The Court in its legal considerations stated that it has examined the Petitioner’s petition, the Respondent’s answer, the testimony of the Relevant Party, and all written evidence and/or other evidence and the witnesses submitted by all parties, Bawaslu’s statement, and the facts revealed at the hearings. Regarding the argument that inflation of 1,116 votes for the Relevant Party in Bandar Baru Subdistrict because the Respondent (KPU) had used unused ballots or spare ballots, it was found that there was a difference in the number of unused ballots, including the remaining spare ballots on the Bandar Baru Subdistrict DPRK D-result form and the Pidie Jaya Regency DPRK D-result form for electoral district Pidie Jaya 3.

The number of unused ballots was 887 while it was recorded as 918 on the regency/city DPRK D-result form, when Pidie Jaya 3 only consisted of one subdistrict: Bandar Baru subdistrict. The number of unused ballots should have been the same in both documents.

“The Court did not find sufficient reason either from the testimony of the parties or the facts from the hearings that there had been corrective action on the number of unused ballots and reserve ballots. Therefore, it does not believe that the data on the document was accurate and that there were additional votes for the Relevant Party,” said Constitutional Justice Arief Hidayat reading out the Court’s legal considerations.

To obtain legal certainty regarding the election results, the Court believes that it is necessary to recount the ballots at all polling stations in Bandar Baru Subdistrict concerning for the Pidie Jaya DPRK election in Pidie Jaya 3.

Regarding alleged violations in the recapitulation process, two decisions had been found: the Pidie Jaya Regency voters supervisory committee (Panwaslih) and Bawaslu’s corrective decision. In the latter, Bawaslu ordered the Bandar Baru subdistrict election committee (PPK) to revise the recapitulation results so it should have recapitulated the results of the recount for the DPRK election in Bandar Baru Subdistrict based on the C-result form. Therefore, the Court is of the opinion that the Petitioner’s petition regarding the acquisition of votes for DPRK Pidie Jaya in electoral district 3 in Bandar Baru Subdistrict was legally grounded in part.

As a result, in its verdict, the Court rejected the Respondent’s exception in its entirety and granted the Petitioner’s petition in part. It stated that the results of the DPRK election of Pidie Jaya 3 at all polling stations must be recounted.

Also read:

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Author              : Siti Rosmalina Nurhayati
Editor               : Nur R.
Translator         : M. Ariva Aswin Bahar/Yuniar W.

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