Government ready to face judicial review of election law

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H Laoly said the government is ready to face judicial review of the new election law.

“The draft law on election has been passed into law. There were four factions against. It is their right and there is a mechanism to channel their disapproval,” Yasonna said here on Friday.

The largest opposition party Gerindra has said it would seek judicial review of the law by the Constitutional Court.

A plenary session ended early dawn on Friday passing the General Elections Bill into law proposed by the government despite walkout by four factions – Gerindra, PKS, PAN and Democrat.

The majority votes or 322 of the members of the House of Representative were in favor of draft law that sets the presidential threshold of 20-25 percent and parliamentary threshold of 4 percent.

Under the election law a presidential candidate could be proposed only by a party or a coalition of parties having at least 20 percent of seats in the Parliament.

The four factions opposing the draft law wanted no limit that any party could have a presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election.

The parties supporting the government included the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-Perjuangan), Golkar, PPP, PKB, Hanura and Nasdem.

Gerindra, backed up by PKS, said it would seek judicial review by the Constitutional Court of new law.

“Certainly, legal actions would be taken including judicial review by the Constitutional Court,” Fadli Zon, a chairman of the party stated.

Source: Antara News