Friday, April 19, 2024

Complete schedule of Court hearings on presidential election disputes

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The losing pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2024 presidential election, namely Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar and Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD, have filed their lawsuits with the Constitutional Court through their respective legal teams. 

Anies-Muhaimin submitted their lawsuit on the first day of dispute lawsuit registration on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Meanwhile, Ganjar-Mahfud filed their lawsuit on Saturday, March 23, 2024. Both of them requested that candidates pair number 2, Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming, be disqualified. 

They pointed at alleged serious ethical violations committed by then Constitutional Court Chief Justice Anwar Usman, who is also a brother-in-law of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, when chairing a series Court hearings late last year, which paved the way for Gibran to contest the 2024 election as Prabowo’s running mate. Gibran is the edest son of President Jokowi.

They also pointed at alleged ethical violations committed by the General Elections Commission in endorsing Gibran’s eligibility to contest the election.

Besides, both Anies-Muhaimin and Ganjar-Mahfud camps alleged of structured, systematic and massive electoral violations, coined with the acronym TSM, throughout the organization of the elections. Law No. 7/2017 on the General Elections regulates that the Constitutional Court has a maximum of 14 working days to examine the dispute over the 2024 presidential election before reading out the rulings. 

The following is the schedule and stages of the hearings of 2024 presidential election dispute at the Constitutional Court, based on Constitutional Court Regulation No. 1/2024 on the Schedule, Activities and Stages of the 2024 Election Result Dispute Settlement: 

25 March 2024: Preparation for recording in Constitutional Case Registration Book (e-BRPK) , issuance, and submission of Constitutional Case Registration (ARPK), recording the application in e-BRPK and submission of a copy of the applicant’s application 

25-26 March 2024: Submission of application as related parties 

26 March 2024: Notification of the first hearing day to the parties and witnesses (Election Supervisory Agency) 

27 March 2024: Preliminary examination:

Examining the completeness and clarity of the application material and examining and authorising the applicant’s evidence 

28 March 2024: Submission of the respondent’s (KPU) answer, related parties’ statement, and witnesses (Bawaslu). The answer is submitted to the Court at the time the trial will begin. Hearing the respondent’s answer, related party testimony, and testimony issuer. Validate the evidence of the respondent, related parties, and testimony issuers. 

1-18 April 2024 (minus the Idul Fitri holiday and collective leave):

Hearing testimony of witnesses and/or experts and examine and certify additional evidence. 

22 April 2024 Pronouncement of decision/decree; Submission of copy of decision/decree.

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