The Jakarta Post
The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has ruled in favor of the Crescent Star Party (PBB) in the petition it filed to dispute the General Elections Commission's (KPU) decision. The KPU had earlier determined that the party had not fulfilled the requirements for participating in the 2019 presidential and legislative elections.
The ruling means that the party is now eligible to contest the elections.
“Bawaslu has decided to grant the petition submitted by the PBB,” a member of the agency, Fritz Edward Siregar, said on Sunday as quoted by tempo.co.
Fritz said that, based on the results of the hearing held on Sunday evening at the Bawaslu office to settle disputes related to the 2019 elections, the agency had instructed the KPU to include the PBB as a 2019 election participant.
“The decision must be implemented by the KPU within a maximum three days after the ruling was [issued],” he said.
PBB chairman Yusril Ihza Mahendra expressed his gratitude for the agency's decision, although he was aware that the KPU had the right to file an appeal against the ruling in the next three days.
“We will see whether they will accept the Bawaslu’s decision or file an appeal,” Yusril said as quoted by tribunnews.com. “Nevertheless, we are reading the party to run in the elections.”
The KPU had declared PBB ineligible for the 2019 elections during its factual verification process. The party's South Manokwari branch in West Papua was rated "unfit".
The PBB reported KPU’s decision to Bawaslu, which then facilitated a mediation between the two parties on Feb. 23 and on Feb. 24. However, the earlier mediation did not find in favor of either the KPU or the PBB. (gis/ebf)