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Jakarta Post

Constitutional Court maintains presidential threshold

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 25, 2018   /   05:57 pm
Constitutional Court maintains presidential threshold Constitutional Court justices stand on a podium during a ceremony to mark its 13th anniversary in front of the court building in Jakarta on Aug. 15. (

The Constitutional Court has once again upheld the threshold for political parties in nominating presidential candidates, in the latest and perhaps the last ruling on such a case before the concurrent presidential and legislative elections next year.

The nine-panel bench rejected on Thursday a petition filed by a group comprised of activists and academics who challenged Article 222 of the 2017 Elections Law, which stipulates the presidential threshold.

Article 222 of the 2017 law stipulates that a party or a coalition of parties is required to secure at least 20 percent of the seats at the House of Representatives or 25 percent of the popular vote to be eligible to nominate a candidate in the 2019 elections.

In its ruling, the justices maintained that the threshold requirement was constitutional and that the court had shown its stance on the matter in a ruling on a similar article in the 2008 Election Law in 2009 and a ruling on Article 222 of the 2017 law in January this year.

"There is no fundamental reason to date for the Constitutional Court to change its stance," Justice Saldi Isra read out in the ruling on Thursday. "The plaintiffs' requests have no legal basis."

In the ruling issued in January, the court argued that the threshold was a legal policy in electoral contestation that aimed to strengthen the country's presidential system and simplify the multiparty system. (swd)