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Jakarta Post

Prabowo volunteers claim 13,000 instances of inconsistent data

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 2, 2019   /   05:31 pm
Prabowo volunteers claim 13,000 instances of inconsistent data A screen capture of a video of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (center), accompanied by running mate Sandiaga Uno, declaring his victory for a second time despite the contradictory results of quick counts from 12 survey institutions. (JP/-)

Volunteers of the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno campaign team claim to have recorded 13,000 instances of inconsistent counting on the General Elections Commission's (KPU) vote-count information system (Situng) on its website.

Volunteer group secretary Dian Islamiati said evidence in the form of 2,500 sheets of inconsistent data entry based on findings from March 27 to May 1 would be handed over to the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) on Thursday.

She said during the five-day period, the group had verified the data and found 5.7 percent of inconsistent data from 225,818 polling stations.

"The limit of error in an IT system should be a maximum 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, we found an error of between 5 and 7 percent," Dian said in a written statement on Thursday.

She said three kinds of inconsistencies had been found: the number of votes exceeding the number of voters; the number of votes differing from the total number of valid and invalid votes and unused ballots; and the number of valid votes differing from the total of each candidate pair's valid votes.

“Thousands of inconsistencies show that the KPU's Situng system is unreliable and misleading," she said.

Because of the findings, Said Didu, a Prabowo campaign team member, asked Bawaslu to drop the KPU's Situng system.

"Bawaslu must immediately drop the KPU Situng and conduct a forensic audit by an independent auditor to avoid public anxiety and mistrust," he said.

According to the KPU website, the commission's real count on Thursday afternoon has reached 62 percent of total votes and the incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin ticket is leading with 56.02 percent against Prabowo-Sandiaga's 43.98 percent. (yan)