Constitutional Court Starts Hearing of Papua Election Disputes


Jayapura, Jubi – The Constitutional Court on Thursday began hearing challenges to the results of regional elections in Papua.

Papua KPU commissioner, Tarwinto said three of six lawsuits were related to the election results in Waropen, Merauke and Nabire and will be led by three panels.

“Election lawsuits of three regencies in Papua is in the first panel that constitutional justice Arif Hidayat led the trial and is accompanied by Manahan Sitompul and I Dewa Gede, “said Tarwinto on Thursday evening (07/01/2016).

According to him, in a dispute over the elections, Merauke has three cases that submitted to the Court, Nabire has 1 case and Waropen has two cases. Up to now none of these cases are rejected by the court.

“According to the Law No. 8 of 2015 regulated that if the difference between the first and second candidate is more than two percent, then it cannot be challenged. Yet it is allowed when less than two percent, “he said.


Quoted from various media, at the end of December 2015, the Constitutional Court (MK) released hundreds lawsuit dispute of simultaneous election of 2015. Of 144 election lawsuit, Papua has the biggest lawsuit. Papua and West Papua provinces have 16 lawsuits, “said one of the staff of the information center of the Court, Safitri. (Arjuna Pademme)

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