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Jakarta Post

Prabowo-Hatta to file lawsuit with Constitutional Court

Hans Nicholas Jong
Jakarta   ●   Wed, July 23, 2014

The Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa ticket will submit a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court following its refusal to accept the 2014 presidential election result officially announced by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Tuesday evening.

The ticket'€™s campaign team lawyer, Mahendradatta, said on Wednesday that the team was preparing to file a lawsuit in dispute of the election based on its findings of massive and systematic fraud that allegedly occurred during the election.

'€œWe will pursue all legal options, one of which is to bring the alleged election fraud cases to the court within 3 x 24 hours since the official announcement of the election result [by the KPU on late Tuesday],'€ he told a press conference in Jakarta.

Mahendradatta went on to say that Prabowo'€™s legal team had prepared three court experts to help it navigate the tangled legal web.

He said Prabowo still had legal rights to file a lawsuit with the court since technically; he was still a contestant of the 2014 presidential election.

'€œPak Prabowo just withdrew from the recapitulation process. He did not quit the race; therefore, he is still a candidate,'€ said Mahendradatta.

On Tuesday evening, the KPU announced the official final vote tally and named Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo president-elect with a total vote of 70,997,833 or 53.15 percent. Meanwhile, Prabowo garnered 62,576,444 votes or 46.85 percent.

Mahendradatta'€™s statement today contradicted a previous statement in which he said the Prabowo-Hatta ticket would not contest the election result because it did not have a legal basis to do so.

'€œWhy do we have to file a lawsuit with the court? We don'€™t have a legal standing to do so because the presidential and vice presidential candidate have pulled out from the election. Only those who are registered as a presidential and vice presidential ticket can file such a lawsuit,'€ said Mahendradatta on Tuesday, adding that pulling out of the election did not violate any laws and thus was legally sound. (ebf)