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Jakarta Post

Irwandi claims foul play during poll, plans court date

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 11 2012   /  08:36 am

Aceh gubernatorial candidate Irwandi Yusuf, the province’s incumbent governor, said on Tuesday that there were indications of fraud and elaborate intimidation by rivals before and during Monday’s local election.

Although the result of the election will not be officially announced until next week, Irwandi seemed to be sure that he was on the losing side after a nonofficial “quick count” by a survey organization placed his bitter rival, Zaini Abdullah, as the election winner.

Irwandi, the former intelligence chief for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) separatist group, said his team would file complaints over the election results with the Constitutional Court, after gathering sufficient evidence.

“We’ve found some evidence of systematic and severe intimidation by rival candidates that took place throughout Aceh several days before the poll,” said Irwandi, w...