Simultaneous elections not to cause chaos: Yusril

Simultaneous elections not to cause chaos: Yusril

Yusril Ihza Mahendra. (ANTARA)

I have requested the MK to postpone the legislative elections until July 2014."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The legislative and presidential elections will not create chaos and disorder if they are held simultaneously, stated a petitioner who filed a judicial review at the Constitutional Court (MK) for simultaneous elections.

"There will be no unrest and chaos if the MK rules in favor of my judicial review request and the elections are held concurrently," petitioner Yusril Ihza Mahendra stated here on Tuesday.

Yusril is filing a judicial review with the MK regarding the Presidential Election Law, which stipulates a legislative election and a presidential election to be held separately.

Based on the law, the legislative election will be held on April 9 and the presidential election on July 9, 2014.

"I have requested the MK to postpone the legislative elections until July 2014 (to be held simultaneously with the presidential election). The inauguration of the elected legislators will be held as per schedule on October 1, and the President-elect will be on October 20, 2014. So, there will be no chaos, except if there are parties intending to disrupt the proceedings," Yusril noted.

In the dossier of his judicial review request, Yusril urged the MK to review the Article 3 point 4, Article 9, Article 14 point 2, and Article 112 of the Presidential Election Law, which he believes were against the 1945 Constitution.

According to Yusril, Article 4 point 1 and Article 7C of the 1945 Constitution stipulate that the Indonesian government, based on the Constitution, adopts a presidential system.

If the presidential system is related to Article 22E point 1, 2, and 3, it is evident that a general election is held once in every five years. The election is held to vote for the members of the House of Representatives, Regional Representatives Council, the President, and the Vice President. They should be held concurrently based on the Constitution, he remarked.
(Uu.A014/INE/H-YH)

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