Indonesia's president-elect may be decided by top judiciary body: official
JAKARTA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- An official of Indonesia's election commission said on Monday that the commission would not be the one to legally announce the president-elect should either of the two presidential hopefuls running in last week's presidential elections rejects the real-count results.
According to the existing law, parties contending in Indonesian elections are allowed to file appeal to the nation's highest judiciary body, the Constitution Court (MK), should they are not satisfied with the results of real vote counting carried out by the General Election Commission (KPU), a KPU member, Hadar Gumay, said.
"They are allowed to file in their objection within 3X24 hours to the MK," Hadar said in his office here, adding that should it happen the MK would eventually decide the president-elect.
The KPU was scheduled to announce results of the real count on July 22 of ballots cast by around 187 million eligible voters in last week's presidential elections.
Political tensions are rising after the tight election in the biggest Southeast Asian country ended last Wednesday with both Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, declaring victory based on quick counts carried out by pollster agencies under their auspices.
Both of them eventually agreed to wait for results of vote tally process conducted by the KPU, while at the same time they are conducting their own real count based on C1 document, a piece of paper containing voting records at polling stations. They would eventually compare the results of their own real count with those by the KPU.
Rivalry in Indonesia's current presidential elections has been intense as the nation sees for the first time two president candidates vying face to face, polarizing enormous political power in both camps.
The president-elect would replace President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has been successfully governing the nation for a decade, garnering respect for the nation's increasing role in international affairs while at the same time helping to transform it into one of the world's fastest-growing economies and a major investment destination.