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Court annuls election results,
26 elected legislators
may lose seats

At least 26 elected legislative candidates from nine parties, perhaps including House of Representatives Speaker Agung Laksono, may lose their seats after the Constitutional Court annulled Thursday the legislative election results.  
 
The Court required the General Elections Commission (KPU) to revise the results as its legislative seat allocation method went against the law on legislative elections.

The Court ruled in favor of plaintiffs from the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Golkar Party, the United Development Party (PPP), the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party and the National Awakening Party (PKB), who lost their seats due to the KPU regulation on seat allocation.

Refly Harun, an expert witness at the Court’s hearing to settle the electoral dispute, said that based on Legislative Elections Law No.10/2008, House speaker Agung from the Golkar Party should have been sent packing as the party failed to secure enough votes to secure at least one seat in the electoral district in which he competed. KPU announced the election results on May 11, which saw Agung among the elected candidates due to modification in the seat allocation rules.

“KPU’s inappropriate interpretation caused disproportion of representation. There are around 5.3 million votes left uncounted, leading to some 26 elected candidates to lose their seats,” Refly said.  (fmb)

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