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Presidential election to be held in one round: Constitutional Court

3rd July 2014 | 1.888 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Constitutional Court here on Thursday decided that the Indonesian presidential election, due to be held on July 9, will be conducted in a single round.

The decision was made following the judicial review of article 159, point one, in Law Number 42/2008 on presidential and vice presidential election, Constitutional Court Chief Justice Hamdan Zoelva stated.

The Article 159, point one, is not legally binding to a condition that there are only two pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates, Zoelva added.

The article noted that winning the presidential election would require the pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates to win more than 50 percent of the total votes, gaining 20 percent of the votes per province for the majority of the provinces in Indonesia.

The judicial review was filed by the Constitutional Lawyers Forum, Election and Democracy Forum, and two individuals, Sunggul Hamonangan and Haposan Situmorang.

The July 9 presidential election will be contested by the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa pair and Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla duo.

Reported by Fiqih Arfani