Court Orders Recount for 7 TPS in Weriagar District, Teluk Bintuni, West Papua
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The Petitioner Jefry Orocomna (left) and legal counsel Rahmat Taufit attending a ruling hearing in the plenary courtroom, Friday (6/7/2024). Photo by MKRI/Teguh.


JAKARTA (MKRI) — In order to ensure the purity of voters’ choices and uphold the principle of honest and fair election, the Constitutional Court (MK) ordered a recount of ballots at 7 polling stations (TPS) in Weriagar District: TPS 01 and 02 of Weriagar Village, TPS 01 and 02 of Mogotira Village, TPS 01 of Weriagar Baru Village, TPS 01 of North Weriagar Village, and TPS 01 of Tuanaikin Village. The statement was delivered by Constitutional Justice Ridwan Mansyur while reading out the Court’s legal considerations on the petition by the National Democratic Party (NasDem) at a ruling hearing for the 2024 House of Representatives (DPR), Provincial and Regency/City Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) election results dispute on Friday, June 7, 2024.

In the legal considerations for Decision No. 128-01-05-34/PHPU.DPR-DPRD-XXII/2024, the Court asserted that the addition of PKS’s (Prosperous Justice Party) votes at 7 polling stations in Weriagar District was because of the difference in vote acquisition on the regency/city DPRD C-result form and the regency/city DPRD D-result form. Upon examination, it was found that there were discrepancies in PKS’s vote acquisition at 7 polling stations in Weriagar District, which was also supported by the Respondent’s (KPU/General Elections Commission) statement at a hearing on Monday, May 27.

The Respondent stated that there these differences were evident on the C-result form, where PKS’s vote acquisition was 402 votes, while on the D-result form it was 544 votes. In fact, continued Justice Ridwan, Bawaslu (Elections Supervisory Body) conveyed in a written statement the discrepancies in the vote acquisition of PKS and other political parties.

“This means that not only PKS’s votes were inconsistent, but also those of several other political parties. Thus, it was not easy for the Court to find the correct vote acquisition for each political party,” he said.

Therefore, the Court gave the Respondent 15 days since this decision was pronounced to carry out a recount at the 7 polling stations in question for the Teluk Bintuni Regency DPRD election in the electoral district of Teluk Bintuni 3. It asserted that the duration should not interfere with the schedule for the Teluk Bintuni Regency DPRD candidates’ inauguration and other constitutional agendas, such as the regional head election, which will take place in November 2024.

“[The Court] grants the Petitioner’s petition in part; declares the results of the vote acquisition of candidates for the Teluk Bintuni Regency DPRD in Teluk Bintuni 3 at 7 polling stations, which are TPS 01 and 02 of Weriagar Village, TPS 01 and 02 of Mogotira Village, TPS 01 of Weriagar Baru Village, TPS 01 of North Weriagar Village, and TPS 01 of Tuanaikin Village, to be recounted; cancels the KPU Decree No. 360 of 2024 .... as it pertains to the vote acquisition of the Teluk Bintuni Regency DPR in Teluk Bintuni 3; orders the Respondent to recount the ballots at 7 polling stations in Weriagar District, ... in accordance with statutory regulations within a maximum period of 15 days since the a quo decision; orders the Respondent to combine the results of the recount referred to with the results of the votes for the Teluk Bintuni Regency DPRD in Teluk Bintuni 3 that were not canceled by the Court and determine and announce the results in accordance with the provisions of statutory regulations without having to report to the Court,” said Chief Justice Suhartoyo reading the verdict for this case.

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At the preliminary hearing on Friday, May 3, the Petitioner highlighted a dispute over the vote acquisition at 7 polling stations in 5 villages in Weriagar District, Teluk Bintuni Regency. This was due to the vote shift to PKS taken from other parties. Therefore, the Petitioner requested the annulment of the KPU Decree No. 360 of 2024 as it pertains to the vote acquisition of the Bintuni Regency DPRD, Teluk Bintuni 3 in Weriager District. The political parties’ vote acquisition with the vote reduction and addition in order of seats was: Perindo (United Indonesia Party) with 1,934 votes, PPP (United Development Party) with 1,573 votes, Golkar (Party of Functional Groups) with 1,424 votes, PKS with 1,183 votes, and NasDem with 1,159 votes. Meanwhile, after the votes were returned to each party, Perindo received 1,930 votes, PPP received 1,574 votes, Golkar received 1,438 votes, NasDem received 1,159 votes, and PKS received 1,041 votes.

Author              : Sri Pujianti
Editor               : Nur R.
Translators       : Jessica Rivena Meilania/Yuniar W.

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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