Presidential threshold requirement challenged

Four activists and watchdogs are set to file a judicial review request with the Constitutional Court on Wednesday to challenge an article in the 2017 Elections Law on presidential threshold requirements.

The two activists — former General Elections Commission (KPU) member Hadar Nafis Gumay and Yuda Irlang of the Network of Women Who Care for Tobacco Control (JP3T) – and the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) and judiciary watchdog KoDe Inisiatif consider the newly passed Elections Law will restrict people in exercising their constitutional rights to nominate a presidential candidate.

Article 222 of the 2017 Elections Law stipulates a threshold for political parties seeking to nominate a presidential candidate.

This is the second judicial review requested against the Elections Law this week after the Crescent Star Party (PBB) filed a similar petition with the court on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s petition add to the long list of review requests filed by people and organizations after President Joko “Jokowi’ Wiodo endorsed the elections bill on Aug.16.

In Article 222, a party or coalition of parties are required to secure at least 20 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives or 25 percent of the popular vote in order to be able to nominate a presidential candidate in the 2019 election.

Other challenges to the law were submitted by the Advocate Cinta Tanah Air (ACTA) and the Peaceful and Benign Islam (Idaman) Party in August. (ebf)

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