The campaign team of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto arrived outside Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Friday with a 200-strong army of lawyers in tow in a last-ditch bid to nullify the election result.
The General Elections Commission, or KPU, has announced that Adnan Buyun Nasution will act as its lawyer in the Constitutional Court case should losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto file a challenge.
As the incoming president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, will embark upon a challenging journey as the leader of the fourth-largest nation filled with new hopes and lofty expectations from his people.
Just a week before Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo was declared Indonesia’s president-elect, seven political parties supporting his rival, Prabowo Subianto, declared a so-called permanent coalition, that would bind them politically to the former Army general for the next five years.
Lawyers for Prabowo Subianto, the losing candidate in Indonesia’s presidential election, say they are preparing a raft of evidence to present to the Constitutional Court on Friday as they seek to make the case that the ballot and subsequent vote count was riddled with fraud and manipulation.
Political analysts and supporters of President-Elect Joko Widodo have lashed out at the Democratic Party after several of its top officials backed a call by losing candidate Prabowo Subianto for a legislative inquiry into allegations of systemic fraud in the electoral process.
The campaign team of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has reported the North Jakarta office of the General Elections Commission, or KPU, to the police because, a spokesman said, the commission had lost evidence of voter fraud submitted by the team.
An attempt by ex-general Prabowo Subianto to overturn the Indonesian vote that elevated Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo to the presidency is set to hinge on nine justices in a test of the highest court for election matters.
While Joko Widodo has been officially announced as Indonesia’s president elect by the General Elections Committee, or KPU, his rival contender Prabowo Subianto has indicated that he will use legal as well as political means to overturn the election result.