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Constitutional Court braces for hearing marathon of December poll disputes

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 7, 2021   /  06:18 pm
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A COVID-19 patient takes part in voting day during the 2020 South Tangerang regional elections in Rumah Lawan COVID, an isolation center in South Tangerang on Dec. 9, 2020.(Antara/Fauzan)

The Constitutional Court is gearing up to settle more than a hundred regional election disputes filed with the court last month, with the court aiming to finish all judicial processes by late March. The court received a total of 135 election disputes filed by losing candidates in the Dec. 9 polls by the end of the registration period on Dec. 30. The cases consist of seven relating to gubernatorial elections, 114 regarding regental elections and 14 concerning mayoral elections. The court is currently setting up various measures to ensure it can conduct safe hearings starting late this month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Besides conducting on-site hearings in the courtrooms, we will also conduct online hearings to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We are still strengthening our [online court] system and conducting trials on the technology," court spokesperson F...