MK to Announce Final Ruling on Presidential Election Dispute Case on Thursday
Date 25 Juni 2019
The ruling was previously scheduled on Friday (28/6).
MKs Head of Public Relations and Domestic Cooperation Fajar Laksono Soeroso said that the decision to announce the ruling one day behind the initial schedule is based on the MK’s Consultative Meeting of Judges (RPH) on Monday (24/6). “Panel of Judges believes that the ruling is ready to be announced on Thursday (27/6),” Fajar said in Jakarta, Tuesday (25/6).
The new date set for the announcement, Fajar continued, means that the discussion on all matters related to the case will be completed by Thursday, including the drafting of the ruling.
Fajar added that the decision has nothing to do with any consideration beyond the Courts interests, adding that there is no rule to dispute this decision.
“This was (decided) solely because Panel of Judges is ready to read the ruling on Thursday. By law, there is no problem to push forward the reading of the ruling. 28 June 2019 is the deadline of the reading as the limit of 14 working days has been set up to resolve the presidential election dispute,” said Fajar.
Fajar went on to say that amid the maximum of 14 working days, most importantly, the trials have provided opportunities for both parties to be heard in a fair, balanced manner. Then, the remaining time can be used by the Panel of Judges to decide the case, he added
“Whether the Panel of Judges needs one, two or three days, it is only a matter of time management. How quickly the Panel of Judges prepares and finalizes the decision,” Fajar said, adding that the reading of the ruling on the 2014 election dispute was also faster than the specified time.
“This is not due to security considerations because we have entrusted security concerns during the trial to the security apparatus. We have coordinated the agenda set by the Constitutional Court (with them). The police have full authority on the needs and strategies in the field. The Court Building should be the focus so that the trials would run smoothly,” he said.
Fajar further said that the policies taken such as traffic flow control and road closure in front of the Court, are fully under the police authority. Moreover, he added, the police are also ready to secure nine Constitutional Judges and the families, including the extended families, during the trials. (Constitutional Court PR/ES)
Translated by : Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Edited by : M. Ersan Pamungkas