Constitutional Court Rejects Appeal to Revoke Presidential Threshold Law

The Constitutional Court, or MK, rejected an appeal on Thursday (11/01) from various political parties to throw out the current presidential threshold law. (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)

By : Robertus Wardi and Telly Nathalia | on 9:48 AM January 12, 2018
Category : News, Politics

Jakarta. The Constitutional Court, or MK, rejected an appeal on Thursday (11/01) from various political parties to throw out the current presidential threshold law.

That law requires a party to hold 20 percent of all seats in the House of Representatives or 25 percent of the national vote to propose candidates in presidential elections.

The decision, made with only two dissenting opinions from nine judges, stated that the presidential threshold law does not violate the country's 1945 Constitution.

"The presidential threshold rule does not violate the Constitution … which clearly says that the president and vice president candidates are proposed by a political party of joint political parties," presiding judge Arief Hidayat, stated as quoted by Suara Pembaruan.

The panel of judges said the law is appropriate to the country's presidential system of governance.

However, judges Saldi Isra and Suhartoyo ruled that the law does violate the constitution.

MK also concluded that all political parties must be verified by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Indonesia will hold its first simultaneous legislative and presidential elections next year.

Chief Security Minister Wiranto on Thursday welcomed the decision made by the court.

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