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Jakarta Post

Election disputes filed with MK despite wide margins

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  12:07 am

As the registration period for filing election disputes closes, many losing regional head candidates have registered petitions despite being far behind the winning tickets.

As of Wednesday evening, there were 56 regional election disputes filed with the Constitutional Court (MK), including six relating to gubernatorial elections in five regions. Registration closed at midnight on Wednesday.

The six consist of petitions from losing candidates in Maluku, North Maluku, South Sumatra, Lampung and Southeast Sulawesi.

In North Maluku, candidate pair Abdul Gani Kasuba and M. Al Yasin Ali contested the victory of Ahmad Hidayat Mus and Rivai Umar. Abdul and Al Yasin’s petition chiefly points to Ahmad’s arrest and detainment by the Corruption Eradication Commission as a disqualifying factor, despite the 2016 Region Elections Law saying corruption suspects lose their right ...