Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta High Court has ruled in favor of the General Elections Commission (KPU) that appealed the Central Jakarta District Court's verdict last March that instructed it to suspend the 2024 General Election preparation.

The decision read by Chief Judge Sugeng Riyono at the trial session here on Tuesday effectively overturned Central Jakarta District Court's decision No. 757/pdtg/2022 on March 2, 2023, which the KPU appealed to the court.

The high court also accepted the electoral commission's argument that the Central Jakarta District Court has no competency and jurisdiction over the case filed by a minor party, the Just and Prosperous People's Party (Prima).

On March 2, the Central Jakarta District Court accepted in its entirety the lawsuit brought by Prima and instructed the KPU to restart the election process for at least two years, four months, and seven days.

The judging panel decided to suspend the election process to compensate for the losses of Prima that had been impacted by KPU's mistake, negligence, and lack of professionalism, which cost the party its opportunity to participate in the election.

The court ruled that Prima was negatively affected by errors at the KPU's Political Party Information System (Sipol) beyond their control, thereby causing them not to be able to submit their party registration data to the system.

The panel also viewed that the KPU failed to take into account errors that occurred in the Sipol system while deciding to reject Prima's participation in the 2024 elections.

The KPU officially appealed the March-2 ruling to the higher court on March 10, and their appeal brief was submitted to the court on March 21.

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