Experience Gained from June 1999 Elections: Resolving Complaints and Disputes in the Election Process

This report is in English and Bahasa Indonesian.

On September 15, 1999, a conference was held at the University of Indonesia to review experience gained in the area of complaint adjudication and dispute resolution during the June elections for legislative assemblies in Indonesia. The University of Indonesia Law Faculty and the International Foundation for Election Systems, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, sponsored the conference.

The conference particularly focused on the role of Election Supervisory Commissions – a unique Indonesian institution known as Panwas – in resolving complaints and disputes in the election process. As the conference agenda shows, the presentations and discussion involved participation by members of the national Panwaspus, election administration bodies and the Supreme Court, as well as journalists, civil society representatives, legal scholars, and other experts. The program’s emphasis was upon finding practical lessons from recent experiences and identifying potential improvements in institutions and procedures for future elections.

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