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BREAKING: Court rejects Prabowo's vote-rigging claims

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /   09:42 pm
BREAKING: Court rejects Prabowo's vote-rigging claims 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 challenge to the presidential election result. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

The Constitutional Court rejected in its entirety the legal challenge by losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto to the 17 April presidential election result, which saw President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo named the winner.  

“The court rejects all of the plaintiffs’ claims,” Chief Justice Anwar Usman stated after the panel of nine justices had spent almost eight hours reading out their ruling.

Anwar added that the decision was final and that the decision had been unanimously signed by all justices on the panel.

The court’s decision upholds the General Elections Commission’s (KPU) final vote tally, which declared incumbent Jokowi and running mate Ma’ruf Amin the winners of the election.

The justices ruled that the plaintiffs had failed to present valid evidence to back up their allegations of widespread voter fraud and had failed to elaborate clearly how the alleged vote-rigging attempts were related to the vote tally secured by each presidential candidate.

In its lawsuit, the Prabowo-Sandiaga Uno ticket had claimed that the 2019 presidential election was marred by “structured, systematic and massive” fraud as the camp alleged that the KPU had inflated Jokowi-Ma’ruf’s vote tally by some 22 million votes.

The KPU had said that Jokowi-Ma’ruf won April’s presidential race gaining 55.5 percent of the vote against Prabowo-Sandiaga’s 44.5 percent.

The plaintiffs submitted their lawsuit on May 24, however, their legal team read out the revised version of its lawsuit dossier during the first hearing on June 14. The team alleged that there had been 17.5 million problematic voters with invalid ID cards on the final voters list (DPT).

In its lawsuit, Prabowo’s team asked the court to declare Prabowo and Sandiaga the election winners, claiming that according to the ticket’s own tally data the former Army general had won the race with 52 percent of the vote against Jokowi’s 48 percent.