Constitutional Court to Rule Age Limit on President, VP Candidates Next Week
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Constitutional Court (MK) will decide on the age limit of presidential and vice presidential candidates next week on Monday, October 16, marking seven months since the petition started.
Former MK Chief of Justice Hamdan Zoelva stated that there is no time limit set for the court to decide on a matter. "There is no time limit. However, it is expected for a case to be decided within 6 months," he said to Tempo on Tuesday.
For the age limit case, Hamdan assumed, the unusually long time to decide on the case was caused by the number of requests received by the court. "The proceedings could be longer since there are several submissions that are received at a later time and will be decided simultaneously," he said.
Meanwhile, MK has scheduled the decision hearing for next week, only three days before the candidates are expected to formally register to the elections commissions on October 19 to 25, 2023.
The head of the Setara Institute National Council Hendardi mentioned that the material review for the presidential and vice presidential candidates' age limit is entering a critical stage. No longer concerning the age limit, Hendardi said, the court will decide the constitutional meaning of the 40-year-old minimum age limit to register as a presidential or vice presidential candidate.
The interpretation will decide if candidates under 40 who have acted as a regional head may register as provided under Article 169 (q) of the Elections Law.
"The material review requests are no longer intended to honor the public's constitutional rights," he said in a written statement received by Tempo on Monday.
Hendardi has a strong suspicion that the submission is based on Jokowi's political interest to register his not-yet 40-years-old son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, Solo city's Mayor, as Prabowo's vice presidential candidate in the upcoming elections.
ADE RIDWAN YANDWIPUTRA | DANIEL A FAJRI | ADIL AL HASAN
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