Anies Questions Supreme Court's Anomalous Decision, Changes Rules Midway

JAKARTA– The Supreme Court has changed the minimum age requirement for regional head candidates in the 2024 Regional Head Election (Pilkada).

In response to the Supreme Court's decision, former Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan reminded that regulations should not be changed but rather followed based on principle.

"Look, regulations are not to be changed, they are to be lived by, they are to be obeyed, that is the principle," Anies told the media in the Pondok Indah area, South Jakarta, on Friday, June 14, 2024.

He then said that existing rules should only be followed, not altered for personal interests.

"So in our view, now we leave it for later and in my opinion, what is called the rules of the game should not be changed along the way, that's a principle," he explained.

The former Minister of Education and Culture gave the example of a chess game being stopped in the middle.

In his view, in such a game, the rules should be followed, not changed.

"When you play chess, and in the middle of the game the rules are changed, it becomes a mess," he questioned.

It is reported, the Supreme Court's decision regarding the age requirement for regional head candidates. In Decision Number 23 P/HUM/2024, the Supreme Court instructed the General Election Commission (KPU) to change the minimum age provision of 30 years for gubernatorial and deputy gubernatorial candidates, which was originally applied at the time of candidate nomination, to be at the time of the inauguration of the elected pair.