Results of Regional Head Elections in Papua Challenged at Constitutional Court


Jayapura, Jubi –Regional head elections in eleven Papua’s regencies on 9 December did not run well. Defeated candidates are challenging the results with the Constitutional Court, alleging fraud.

Papua Election commissionaire Tarwinto said there are more than pair candidates filing a lawsuit. For instance, in Nabire, three pair candidates go to the Constitutional Court, while two pairs do similar way in Boven Digoel. However, of all charges from Papua, only the lawsuits from Waropen and Mamberamo Raya regencies were deemed eligible.

“But it’s just fine for justice. All those files would be gathered by the authorized institution. The Judicial System in Indonesia is not allowed rejected these cases. What would be processed in the court is a dispute over the result of vote,” Tarwinto told Jubi on Monday afternoon (4/1/2016).

According to him, the lawsuit on election dispute would be determined in late February. The Constitutional Court has forty-five days to process it after it was filed. But the Law No.8 2015 states for the election with more than 250 thousand voters in which the result of vote of the winner and the runner up has a difference more than 2 percent, therefore filing a charge is not legitimated.

“If the difference is less than two percent, it’s eligible. According to the rule, the inauguration of the elected regional heads should be held in February and April,” he said.


As cited from many sources, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia has released hundreds of cases of the regional head election dispute that was held simultaneously in the end of December 2015. Of 144 charges, Papua is on the top.

“Until this morning, 144 lawsuits were filed. Mostly are from Papua and West Papua provinces; about 16 charges, ” said Safitri, the Information Center’s staff of the Constitutional Court. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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