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Prabowo camp silenced due to weak data

Hans Nicholas Jong
Jakarta   ●   Tue, August 12, 2014

The Constitutional Court's (MK) panel of justices silenced the camp of the losing Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa presidential ticket during a hearing on Tuesday.

MK chief Hamdan Zoelva reprimanded one of witnesses presented by the Prabowo-Hatta camp for presenting inaccurate data related to accusations of vote-rigging.

The incident began when Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) advocate team secretary Yanuar Arif Wibowo, a witness in the case, claimed that the legal team had identified instances of vote-rigging in 48,164 polling stations. He said the fraud could have affected as many as 20.5 million voters.

'€œThis is very significant in affecting the election results,'€ Yanuar said before Hamdan at the court on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.

He alleged that of the total 48,164 polling stations, 46,013 had C1 recapitulation forms indicating election organizers had tampered with the data.

He further alleged that fraud was evident at the 2,152 other polling stations as Prabowo-Hatta failed to win a single vote, while the rival pair, Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo-Jusuf Kalla, reportedly secured more than 600,000.

Surprised by the figures, Hamdan asked Yanuar to report the number of voters who had cast ballots from the 20.5 million listed in the final voter list (DPT) at the 48,164 polling stations in question.

'€œWe haven'€™t found [the data] your honor,'€ Yanuar said after leafing through his documents.

Hamdan pressed him further: '€œFrom these 48,146 polling stations that you identified as problematic, how many votes did Prabowo gain?'€ he asked.

'€œJust a moment, your highness," Yanuar requested, before admitting that he had not yet tabulated the figure.

Hamdan then reprimanded Yanuar for presenting incomplete data.

'€œFirst find out how many voters were on the DPT [in those polling stations], then how many used their voting rights, then how many cast legal votes, then how many cast illegal votes, and finally how many votes went for Prabowo-Hatta and how many votes went for Jokowi-Kalla,'€ he said. (ebf)