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Objecting to Indonesian poll result is 'pointless' say experts

Losing candidate Prabowo claimed massive voting irregularities

<p>Supporters of newly elected President Widodo at a victory rally in Jakarta. Picture: AFP Photo/Adek Berry</p>

Supporters of newly elected President Widodo at a victory rally in Jakarta. Picture: AFP Photo/Adek Berry

  • Ina Parlina and Hans Nicholas Jong for the Jakarta Post
  • Indonesia
  • July 24, 2014
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The loser of the presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, may well have to  swallow his claim that he has absolutely no trust in the state institutions handling election cases after his camp strongly indicated that  they would file a complaint to the Constitutional Court in their desperate attempts to scupper the victory of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

Prabowo has until Friday morning to register a challenge against the General Elections Commission’s  (KPU) decision in favor of Jokowi at the court.

However, many observers, including his own senior campaign team advisor, believe that such a challenge would in all likelihood change nothing.

Prabowo’s younger brother Hashim Djojohadikusumo revealed that the former general would consider taking all possible legal steps before making his final decision on Jokowi’s victory.

Prabowo’s camp has claimed that there were massive irregularities, such as a huge number of illegal voters as well as mismatched data between the number of voters and the number of votes in more than 50,000 polling stations. They also claim their data is  much more credible and accurate than the official count by the widely respected  KPU.

His campaign team lawyer Mahendradatta said on Wednesday that “our intention is not only to secure Prabowo’s victory but also to safeguard voters’ rights”.

“So it’s better for us to seek reelections in at least 52,000 polling stations. We will prove that there was improper conduct [in those polling stations],” he added.

Observers, including constitutional law expert Saldi Isra, have previously suggested that it would be very difficult for a plaintiff to prove claims of “structured, systematic and massive” violations given the 8-million-vote margin of Jokowi’s victory.

Jokowi netted 70,633,576 votes, which was over 8 million more than rival Prabowo Subianto, who received 62,262,844 votes or 46.85 percent.

Mahfud MD, who resigned on Tuesday from his position as chairman of the national campaign team for Prabowo’s Gerindra-led coalition, has said he will not get involved if it goes to court.

The former Constitutional Court chief justice has made it clear that such a measure would be  unlikely to change anything.

“From my experience, proving  fraud in 200,000 votes is just impossible, let alone with 8 million votes. It would be simply pointless to bring the case to court,” said Mahfud.

 

Full Story: Prabowo’s legal challenge 
futile: Legal experts

Source: Jakarta Post

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