Documentary: Dirty Vote – Constitutional Experts Discuss Indonesia’s Election


On Sunday, February 11, 2024, a documentary entitled Dirty Vote Dandhy Laksono’s work was released via the official YouTube channel called Dirty Vote. This film contains an explanation of fraud in the 2024 election process in Indonesia, involving three Indonesian constitutional law experts, namely Bivitri Susanti, Feri Amsari, and Zainal Arifin Mochtar. These experts share their views and analysis of the issue of fraud in the election context.

The three legal experts revealed that various instruments of power had been used to achieve the goal of winning elections and destroying the democratic order. They highlight the use of powerful infrastructures of power, which are openly displayed without shame for the sake of defense of the status quo.

In the film, these forms of fraud are analyzed in depth using a constitutional law approach. This provides a clearer picture of how power is used unfairly, influences election results and threatens the integrity of democracy.

This film also attracted the attention of the public, which on the first day of its broadcast, became a trending topic on Twitter. This proves that this documentary has a great influence on society.

Current Political Conditions in Indonesia

This film is closely related to the current political conditions in Indonesia. Currently, there are 3 pairs of candidates competing for tickets to occupy the post of president. Interestingly, among the contestants for the 2024 presidential election, there is the son of the current President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, who is also contesting, namely Gibran Rakabuming Raka.

What has attracted public attention is that Jokowi’s son (Joko Widodo’s nickname) is running for joint vice president of Indonesia, his father’s old rival. Apart from that, Gibran will also compete with his political party, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), which supports Ganjar Pranowo, who is also a friend of President Jokowi.

This has become a public question regarding Jokowi’s support, among others supporting his party, PDIP (which is his son’s rival), which supports Ganjar Pranowo-Mahmud MD or supports his son. Of course, many people believe that Jokowi is more inclined to support his son.

Jokowi’s son’s candidacy was also very controversial. The election of President Jokowi’s son was made possible due to a judicial review of the Election Law at the Constitutional Court (MK), where the judge changed the clause prohibiting anybody under the age of 40 from running as a presidential candidate, with exceptions for candidates who have been successful in general elections, including regional head elections.

Apart from that, what is in the spotlight is that the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia is Anwar Usman, namely President Joko Widodo’s brother-in-law or Gibran’s uncle. The Constitutional Court’s decision was widely criticized by legal experts and political experts.

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Documentary Film Dirty Vote: Three Legal Experts Talk About Indonesian Election Fraud