Bawaslu Ready to Deal with Election Dispute

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) has stated its readiness in dealing with the 2019 general election dispute at the Constitutional Court (MK). Bawaslu Commissioner Fritz Edward Siregar made the statement after a coordination meeting between the central and regional legal division of the board.

    The three-day meeting, which started on Saturday, May 25, 2019, was conducted to allow coordination between teams and members of the Bawaslu in facing the trials related to the election dispute. "The task distribution must be managed thoroughly so data and document will be ready to be presented during trials of the election dispute in MK," said Fritz in Jakarta on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

    Fritz explained that the task distribution was an adjustment step towards the first simultaneous legislative and presidential election. The mechanism, he added, was expected to bring a positive impact for Bawaslu performance in handling the dispute.

    "Particularly the data to be presented in trials can be verified in time," he said.

    The Constitutional Court has recorded 334 submissions of the legal dispute regarding the 2019 general elections—323 of them were filed by political parties or legislative candidates, 10 of them proposed by regional council election, "and one from a presidential-vice presidential candidate pair," said MK spokesman Fajar Laksono in his office, Jakarta on Monday, May 27, 2019.

    IRSYAN HASYIM