JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Chairman of the Honorary Council of Election Administrators ( DKPP) Muhammad spoke up about the re-establishment Evi Novida Ginting Manik as Commissioner of the General Election Commission (KPU) after being fired by DKPP last March.
According to Muhammad, Evi’s return was the responsibility of the chairman and the leaders KPU commissioners.
“Regarding the KPU policy as stated in letter number 633/2020, it asks ENG (Evi Novida Ginting) to actively carry out their duties as a member of the KPU, which is the responsibility of the chairman and members of the KPU,” Muhammad said to Kompas.com, Tuesday (25/8/2020).
Muhammad said that currently the KPU should prioritize the integrity of regional elections rather than individual interests to simply maintain office.
“The interest in safeguarding the integrity of the election administration must be prioritized over individual interests to simply maintain office,” he said.
Muhammad also said that the DKPP decision was final and binding.
However, by Muhammad, Presidential Decree No. 83 / P / 2020 issued by Jokowi to revoke the Presidential Decree regarding the dismissal of Evi Novida was deemed appropriate because it did not overturn the DKPP decision.
“Presidential Decree Number 83 / P of 2020 is correct. The president has consistently carried out the mandate of Law Number 7 of 2017 that the final and binding DKPP decision cannot be annulled by the PTUN,” he said.
Evi Novida Ginting Manik is back on duty as KPU commissioners RI as of Monday (24/8/2020).
Evi was again appointed as a KPU Commissioner after President Jokowi revoked Presidential Decree (Keppres) Number 34 / P / 2020 concerning Evi’s dismissal.
“Earlier, we held a plenary meeting and decided that Mrs. Evi from today rejoined the KPU as a member of the Indonesian KPU for the 2017-2022 period,” said the Chairman of the Indonesian KPU, Arief Budiman, through a virtual press conference, Monday (24/8/2020) .
Arief said that the revocation of Presidential Decree Number 34 / P of 2020 was determined by Jokowi through Presidential Decree Number 83 / P of 2020 on August 11 yesterday.
Presidential Decree Number 83 / P of 2020 reads, “To revoke Presidential Decree Number 34 / P of 2020 dated March 23 concerning Disrespectful Dismissal of Members of the General Election Commission for the 2017-2022 Term of Office”.
According to Arief, Evi was again appointed as a commissioner for the technical division as he was before Evi was fired.
“Currently there has not been a change in the division of tasks, so both based on the area coordinator and based on the division we have decided it is still the same. So for now, Mrs. Evi will be assigned again as coordinator of the technical division,” he said.
This case began when in mid-March 2020 the Honorary Board of Election Administrators (DKPP) through Decision Number 317/2019 fired Evi Novida Ginting Manik as a KPU Commissioner.
Evi is considered to have violated the election organizer’s code of ethics in the case of nominating members of the West Kalimantan Provincial DPRD for the West Kalimantan election area 6 which involved a Gerindra Party candidate named Hendri Makaluasc.
Following up on the DKPP Putua, President Joko Widodo issued Decree Number 34 / P of 2020 which dishonorably dismissed Evi as of March 23, 2020.
However, Evi then took the Presidential Decree to the PTUN.
After going through a series of trials, on Thursday (23/7/2020) the PTUN stated that it had granted Evi’s claim in its entirety.
Through the decision, PTUN ordered the President to withdraw his decision letter on Evi’s dismissal.
The President was also ordered to return the Evi department as Commissioner of KPU RI during the 2017-2022 term.
The President also decided not to appeal the PTUN decision and followed up on the decision.