Intervention against VP eligibility filed
The Jakarta Post
A group of six academics and election activists filed on Monday a new third party intervention in a judicial review case with the Constitutional Court, which challenges the eligibility of presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2017 Elections Law.
The judicial review case in question was filed by the United Indonesia Party (Perindo) to challenge the provision that prevents a president and vice president from seeking a third term, in its bid to pave the way for Vice President Jusuf Kalla to run for vice president a third time.
The six individuals, including Titi Anggraini of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) and constitutional law scholar Feri Amsari, however, wanted the court to reject Perindo’s petition on the grounds that the disputed provision was in line with the spirit of reform, as reported by kompas.com.
They are represented by a group of lawyers led by Denny Indrayana, the former law and human rights undersecretary during the administration of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Yudhoyono is known for his ambition to field his son, Agus Harimurti, as a vice presidential candidate in the 2019 race.
But the group denied any political agenda behind their third party application.
“We have no political motivation to favor nor to oppose certain presidential-vice presidential tickets,” lawyer Zamrony said as quoted by kompas.com. (ipa)
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