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Jakarta Post

Prabowo camp threatens to withdraw vote tally witnesses

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 15, 2019   /  04:22 pm
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Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (center) and vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno (right) gesture as they declare victory in the country's general election, during a press conference in Jakarta on April 18. (AFP/Izaak)

Commissioner of the General Elections Commission, Evi Novida Ginting, said the official vote counting process would still be legitimate, although the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno campaign team said that it would pull out their witnesses from the central KPU office and in regencies and cities. “With or without witnesses, the tabulation plenary [meetings] are still running and they are still valid as long as the Elections Supervisory Agency [Bawaslu] oversees the process,” Evi said on Wednesday. Evi said official tabulation plenaries in regencies and cities were an open forum to verify and officiate vote count results from polling stations, and therefore the KPU invited witnesses from candidates and political parties. However, it would not be a problem if they did not come. “[The KPU] is responsible for completing and officiating the final results," she sai...