1st LD Writethru: Indonesia's defeated presidential contender to file lawsuit at Constitutional Court
JAKARTA, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's defeated presidential candidate, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, would contest the polls result at the Constitutional Court on Friday, which may delegitimize the results of the July 9 presidential election should the court approve the lawsuit, lawyers and experts said here Wednesday.
On Tuesday evening, the national electoral commission, or known as KPU, announced Prabowo's rival Joko Widodo, with a popular nick name Jakowi, and his running mate Jusuf Kalla, won the polls by securing nearly 71 million votes, or 53.15 percent of the total. Prabowo and his running mate Hatta Rajasa got 46.85 percent, or 62. 58 million votes.
Prabowo-Hatta's lawyer Muhammad Mahendradata said that there were about 21 million votes from 52,000 polling stations to be contested.
"Yes," he told Xinhua by phone when asked whether the Prabowo camp would remain to file the lawsuit, saying that the lawsuit will be filed on "Friday, but the precise time has not (been) determined yet."
According to the law, the court will allow the candidates to contest the results of the polls within three days after the results are announced.
On Tuesday, Ali Mochtar Ngabalin from the Prabowo camp claimed that the 21 million votes were in favor of Prabowo and he accused that the votes were manipulated and disappeared.
Separately, political expert Hikmahanto Juwono said that if the lawsuit is approved by the court, it would significantly affect the polls or change the results.
Nevertheless, the expert was skeptical it would happen, citing the difficulty in proving the validity of the evidence submitted.
"In my view it is difficult to be done. But if the votes being contested are about 1 or 1.5 million it is still possible to check the validity of the evidence in the polling stations," he told Xinhua by phone on Wednesday.
Hikmahanto added he predict the court will take days or even weeks to make a decision on the lawsuit.
Hours before the KPU disclosed the final result of the polls, Prabowo announced withdrawal of himself and his running mate from the developing election process for "massive, structured and systematic frauds" that they have found in the July 9 presidential election.
The Prabowo pair ordered their team taking part in the vote recapitulation process held in the KPU to walk out, rejecting any legal decision issued by the KPU related to the election.
Prabowo has said that his lawyer and election witnesses found many frauds during the presidential elections in several areas across the country.