Jakarta, Indonesianpost.com – The Jakarta Central District Court (PN Jakpus) has ordered the Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU RI) to restart the electoral process from the beginning, leading to the postponement of the election. KPU RI firmly rejected the PN Jakpus decision by filing an appeal.
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“We will appeal,” said KPU RI Chairman Hasyim Asyari when contacted by detikcom on Thursday (2/4/2023).
The order to postpone the election from PN Jakpus stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Prima Party. PN Jakpus granted the Prima Party’s lawsuit against the General Election Commission (KPU). PN Jakpus also ordered KPU to postpone the election until July 2025.
The civil lawsuit against KPU, which was ruled on Thursday (2/3/2023), was filed by the Prima Party on December 8, 2022, with registration number 757/Pdt.G/2022/PN Jkt.Pst.
The Prima Party felt aggrieved by KPU’s administration verification of political parties established in the Recapitulation of Administration Verification Results of Political Parties’ Candidates in the Election. As a result of KPU’s verification, the Prima Party was declared Not Eligible (TMS) and unable to participate in factual verification.
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However, after being studied and reviewed by the Prima Party, the type of document that was previously deemed TMS was also deemed Eligible by KPU, with only a small portion of issues found. The Prima Party also claimed that KPU was not meticulous in its verification process, resulting in its membership being declared TMS in 22 provinces.
As a result of KPU’s mistakes and lack of attention to detail, the Prima Party claims to have suffered immaterial losses that affected its members throughout Indonesia. Therefore, the Prima Party requested that PN Jakpus order KPU to not carry out the remaining stages of the 2024 General Election for approximately 2 years, 4 months, and 7 days from the date the decision was announced.
“The defendant is ordered to not carry out the remaining stages of the 2024 General Election from the date this decision is announced and to carry out the stages of the General Election from the beginning for approximately 2 years, 4 months, and 7 days,” the ruling stated.
Here is the complete verdict:
In the Objection:
Rejecting the Defendant’s objection regarding the vague/libelous lawsuit;
In the Substance of the Case:
Accepting the Plaintiff’s lawsuit in its entirety;
Declaring that Plaintiff is a political party that has been harmed by Defendant’s administrative verification;
Declaring that the Defendant has committed an Unlawful Act;
Sentencing Defendant to pay material compensation in the amount of IDR 500,000,000.00 (five hundred million Indonesian rupiahs) to Plaintiff;
Sentencing the Defendant to not carry out the remaining stages of the 2024 General Election since this verdict was announced and to carry out the stages of the General Election from the beginning for approximately 2 years, 4 months, and 7 days;
Stating that this case’s verdict can be executed immediately (enforceable immediately);
Imposing court fees on the Defendant in the amount of IDR 410,000.00 (four hundred and ten thousand Indonesian rupiahs).
In point five, the judge ordered the election stages to be repeated from the beginning since the verdict was announced, which is today, March 2, 2023. This means that 2 years, 4 months, and 7 days from today will be July 9, 2025.