Elections in Time of Pandemic


By Lydnsey Martin and Pan Mohamad Faiz

(This article was published in The Jakarta Post on September 10, 2020, page 6)

Later this year, both Indonesia and the United States will hold elections. In the US, voters will go to the polls on Nov. 3 to elect the president, 35 senators, all 435 members of the House of Representatives, as well as state and local government officials. On Dec. 9, around 106 million Indonesians across the country’s 270 regions will vote in regional elections.

However, with more than 170,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia and more than 4.5 million confirmed cases in the US, the pandemic has led to concerns about the health and safety of the electorate and poll organizers.

One of the primary concerns that leaders in the US and Indonesia must address is the risk of low voter turnout due to fears over COVID-19. For many voters, going to a crowded polling station to cast a ballot may pose too great a risk of exposure, thus they may choose to forfeit their right to vote and stay home.

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Op-Article on Indonesian Presidential Election

The Conversation

Prabowo fights on, but Indonesian court ruling ends legal challenge

By Pan Mohamad Faiz Kusuma Wijaya, The University of Queensland

As many analysts predicted, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court (MK) has rejected losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s challenge to the election result.

Despite the decision, which is final and binding, Prabowo has yet to concede defeat and congratulate Joko Widodo, who is better known as Jokowi, on winning.

Through the State Administrative Court, his legal team is still challenging the legality of the Jakarta governor Jokowi running for the presidency. Probowo’s coalition is also planning to set up a special committee in parliament to question the election process and result.

Whatever he does, though, the Constitutional Court ruling is clear. Prabowo lost. Continue reading

Interview with the Conversation

25 July 2014, 10.24am AEST

Audio Q&A: Prabowo’s appeal to the Constitutional Court

International leaders have begun congratulating Indonesia’s president-elect Joko Widodo. But losing candidate Prabowo Subianto is yet to concede defeat.

After a dramatic withdrawal from the vote-counting process hours before the Election Commission (KPU) announced the official result on Tuesday, Prabowo’s legal team announced on Wednesday their plans to challenge the KPU’s decision.

Prabowo claimed there had been a massive, structured and systematic fraud in the election. To establish this before the court, the burden of proof is on Prabowo.

Pan Mohamad Faiz, a PhD candidate in constitutional law, said Prabowo would have “a very hard time to prove before the court” that irregularities in the election rendered the result invalid.

You can listen to Faiz’s explanation below:

Source: The Conversation