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Reject Anarchist Demonstrations to Disturb the Conduciveness of Election Dispute Hearings at the Constitutional Court


By: Habib Munawarman )*

The public must be able to fortify themselves by not easily accepting invitations in any form and can even strongly reject invitations to hold demonstrations which will only have the potential to bring about anarchism and further disrupt conduciveness at the 2024 General Election (Pemilu) dispute trial. which occurred at the Constitutional Court (MK).

It is known that on April 1 2024 there will be an invitation and provocation to the public by a handful of certain groups to carry out a demonstration in front of the MK building.

In fact, the implementation of demonstrations which are prone to being ridden by provocateurs can disrupt the ongoing process of election dispute trials, where the trial of democratic party disputes in Indonesia should be able to run conducively, but with demonstrations in front of the Constitutional Court building, it will further muddy the atmosphere and disrupt the progress of the trial. .

Moreover, if the demonstration that is carried out ends up accompanied by anarchism in the form of destruction of several public facilities or attacks on security forces and so on, it is clear that if this is the case, the essence of the demands will never be conveyed and it cannot be seen as having any good in it at all. .

On the other hand, the Chief of the National Police of the Republic of Indonesia (Kapolri) General Listyo Sigit Prabowo has long emphasized that demonstrations taking to the streets as a form of protest regarding the dissatisfaction of several parties in the implementation of the 2024 elections should not be anarchic.

The reason is, if the demonstration is characterized by anarchy, it will increasingly endanger the general public and other people at large. Moreover, in fact the state has also provided or given very adequate facilities to parties who still have objections or are dissatisfied with the implementation of the 2024 elections.

As a country that adheres to the principles of democracy and as a rule of law, Indonesia really upholds the opinions of various parties even though they differ from each other, so that provide facilities in the form of official channels in accordance with the provisions that apply to parties who are not satisfied with the announcement of the General Election results determined by the KPU some time ago.

The official route that can be used by parties who are dissatisfied with the announcement of the 2024 election results is to report to the KPU itself, then to Bawaslu or they can also sue at the Constitutional Court. Instead of continuing to hold demonstrations on the streets, it would be much better to wait and create conduciveness together so that the election dispute trial at the Constitutional Court runs smoothly.

The security forces have also emphasized that they are very ready to take various security measures if the demonstration continues. In fact, the security forces will not hesitate or hesitate to take firm action against demonstrators who are proven to have violated the rules or even become provocateurs of anarchism.

The Joint Family Home Group (RKB) regrets the burning of banners depicting the President of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and the Chairman of the General Election Commission (KPU) Hasyim Asy’ari by a number of demonstrators at the protest against the 2024 Election in front of the KPU building, namely on Monday 18 March 2024.

This action is very unfortunate for the public, because in fact the best thing to do for groups of people who still feel dissatisfied with the final results of the KPU’s decision, is to be able to take it through the mechanisms that are available and guaranteed by the constitution alone.

The state has provided and opened very wide paths and mechanisms guaranteed by the constitution, namely lawsuits at the Constitutional Court. Moreover, if the parties who object to the final election results feel that they do have data and evidence of alleged election fraud as they are demanding, then it would be better to immediately open it at the Constitutional Court and not resort to ‘street cowboy’ behavior.

What must be understood by all elements of society in Indonesia is that the entire process of implementing the 2024 General Election itself, including the vote recapitulation process, has taken place in a very transparent manner and has fulfilled the principles of honesty and fairness.

For this reason, it is hoped that the public will not be easily taken in by provocation or propaganda regarding issues whose truth cannot be proven, aka fake news and hoaxes on social media.

The demonstration which ended in chaos was caused by several political elites who, up to this moment, have not been able to act chivalrously in accepting their defeat in the election. They are still dissatisfied because their candidate pair lost and continue to try to play on the feelings of the general public by holding mass movements and gatherings or demonstrations.

It is very clear that many movements and demonstrations leading to acts of anarchism were driven by a number of political elites from parties who experienced defeat in the elections. They have played with and hurt the feelings of the grassroots people who have actually accepted the results of the 2024 Election as they are. Apart from that, the existence of anarchist demonstrations will only further disrupt the conduciveness of the election dispute hearing at the Constitutional Court so that it is completely pointless.

)* The author is a contributor to Ruang Baca Nusantara

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