MK to decide judicial review on election law

MK to decide judicial review on election law

Some activists filed judicial review on some articles in the law no 7/2017 on elections to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday (March 5). (ANTARA/Integrity)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Constitutional Court (MK) will make its verdict on the judicial review of several articles in Law No. 7 of 2017 on general elections, that stipulates electronic identity cards (KTP-el) as among key requirements to cast votes in the 2019 election.

"The court will make its verdict on the judicial review of Law No. 7 of 2017 on elections," the court's spokesman Fajar Laksono remarked at the Constitutional Court Building in Jakarta on Thursday.

The judicial review was filed by the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), represented by Titi Anggraini, an analyst of state administrative law from Andalas University Feri Amsari, former commissioner of the General Election Commission (KPU) Hadar Nafis Gumay, and four Indonesian citizens of which two are prisoners in the Tangerang Correctional Institution.

They submitted for review Article 348, paragraph (9); Article 348, paragraph (4); Article 210, paragraph (1); Article 350, paragraph (2); and Article 383, paragraph (2) of Law No. 7 of 2017 on elections, since these articles hampered or eliminated the right to vote of citizens that should be protected and facilitated.

The applicants stated that the request for a judicial review was aimed at saving four million votes of people, who had yet to have electronic ID card.

The petitioner pointed out that four million people belonging to vulnerable groups comprised indigenous people, urban poor, people with disabilities, social care institutions, prisoners, and other voters not having sufficient access to fulfill the requirements for making the electronic ID card.

Denny also drew attention to the point that the provision also led to voters, who moved their domicile to other region, to potentially lose their voting rights in the legislative elections.

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