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Indonesia: Court Annuls Legislative Election Results

(June 16, 2009) On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the parliament. The decision requires the General Elections Commission to revise the results originally issued on May 11, on the grounds that the legislative seat allocation method was not in conformity with the Legislative Elections Law (Law No. 10/2008).

The case had been brought to the Court by plaintiffs from five political parties that had lost parliamentary seats due to the allocation procedure followed by the Commission. An expert witness testifying at the hearing on the case, Refly Harun, stated that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Agung Laksono, should not have been seated, as his party did not have enough votes to claim a seat for Laksono's electoral district. (Court Annuls Election Results, 26 Elected Legislators May Lose Seats, THE JAKARTA POST, June 11, 2009, available at