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Data entry errors do not annul poll results: Constitutional Court

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, June 21, 2019   /  09:54 am
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Seeking the truth: Constitutional Court justices Enny Nurbaningsih and Saldi Isra examine evidence during a hearing of the Prabowo Subianto–Sandiaga Uno campaign team’s dispute of the presidential election result in Jakarta on Thursday. During Thursday’s hearing, the court heard testimonies from experts proposed by the General Elections Commission (KPU). (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

The hearing at the Constitutional Court on Thursday seems to have further revealed that the chances may be slim for challenger Prabowo Subianto to overturn the General Elections Commission’s (KPU) official election result, which has put President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on course for a second term. As Prabowo’s legal team insisted that there had been data entry errors — which the camp claims constitute fraud — in the KPU’s vote tally in the real count system (Situng), the court reminded the presidential ticket during the hearing that Situng did not determine the result of the election. In its lawsuit, the incumbent’s rival accused the KPU of, among other things, manipulating the entry of the vote tally into Situng in favor of the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin pair, which resulted in the loss of votes gained by the Prabowo-Sandiaga Uno pair as...