Jakarta (ANTARA) - The General Elections Commission (KPU) has officially received the registration files of presidential and vice presidential candidates Anies Baswedan and Muhaimin Iskandar, respectively, for the 2024 election.

Based on ANTARA’s on-site monitoring, the files were received directly by KPU chairperson Hasyim Asy’ari from National Awakening Party (PKB) vice chairperson Jazilul Fawaid, Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) secretary-general Aboe Bakar Al-Habsyi, National Democratic Party (NasDem) secretary-general Hermawi Taslim, and NasDem chairperson Surya Paloh.

“We express our gratitude for the presence, coordination, and cooperation between KPU and the chairmen of political parties that have coalesced in the nomination or registration of prospective presidential and vice presidential candidates,” Asy’ari said.

“The peak is today in the registration of prospective presidential and vice presidential candidates,” he added after receiving the registration files of Baswedan and Iskandar.

He said that administratively, the files will be assessed for completeness. If the files are found to be not yet complete, KPU will give the prospective candidates some time to complete them.

“Before this stage, there were verification teams, a help desk, and a liaison officer. The coalition of political parties has been examined and determined to be complete. Alhamdulillah (praise be to God),” he informed.

Afterward, the registration files will undergo verification, during which they will be assessed for correctness and validity, Asy’ari said. He added that the prospective candidates will be given another chance if the documents are deemed not yet valid.

“Later, there will be an opportunity to inspect (the files) to complete or revise (the files),” he said.

In the next stage, KPU will give prospective candidates a letter asking them to undergo physical and mental health examinations. The examinations will assess their capability to conduct their duties as president and vice president.

The health examinations will be conducted at Gatot Soebroto Central Army Hospital on Saturday (October 21, 2023).

The registrations of prospective presidential and vice presidential candidates have been scheduled from October 19–25.

According to Law Number 7 of 2017 on General Election, a presidential candidate can be nominated by a political party or a coalition that won at least 20 percent of the House of Representatives (DPR) seats or 25 percent of national valid votes in the previous DPR election.

The parliament currently has 575 seats. Thus, presidential and vice presidential candidates will need to get the support of at least 115 seats in the DPR. Candidates can also be nominated by a political party (or coalition) that contested the 2019 election and garnered at least 34,992,703 valid votes.

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Translator: Narda, Luthfia, Azis Kurmala
Editor: Sri Haryati
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