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Hard labor at Constitutional Court

  • Patrick Grene and Pan Mohamad Faiz

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Padang   /   Tue, August 27, 2019   /  10:18 am
Hard labor at Constitutional Court Receiving, organizing and filing the evidence has taken massive effort, and the courthouse has been stuffed with boxes of voting records, filling any available space: evidence halls, storage rooms and judges’ quarters, all crammed to the ceiling. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

After the dispute over the presidential election was settled, many assumed that the duties of the Constitutional Court were at an end. Nothing could be further from the truth. From the conclusion of that trial until Aug. 9, the court was working harder than ever in the vastly complex legislative election disputes. These elections determined almost the entire legislature. In addition to voting for the President and Vice President on April 17, Indonesians also voted for representatives of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the House of Representatives. They also elected members of the regional legislative councils (DPRD), the provincial, regency and municipal councils. Hundreds of thousands of candidates competed for over 22,000 seats. With such an enormous number of different elections, the controversies generated are legion. Such elections are frequently subject to accu...

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