The court hearing of the presidential election dispute in Jakarta on late Thursday - Photo: TheInsiderStories.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The nine judges of the Constitutional Court have rejected all the appeal presented by opposition Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno against the results of last April’s presidential election. According to the Court, the petition of the applicant was groundless according to law.

After more than a month of uncertainty, the court decision upheld the official election results, clearing the way for incumbent Joko Widodo to take over his second term as head of state. The court’s ruling was final and legally binding.

The final tally by the General Elections Commission shows the President Widodo and his running-mate Ma’ruf Amin, winning the election with 55.5 percent of the votes to the 44.5 percent garnered by their rivals Subianto – Uno.

But the ex-army general defiantly refused to concede. Charging there was widespread electoral fraud, Subianto-Uno lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Court. The opposition accused the election commission of committing “structured, systematic and massive” fraud in Widodo-Amin’s favor during the election.

In the court table, Subianto-Uno’ legal teams has alleged that the election was rigged in favor of Widodo-Amin and raised questions over the validity of more than 17 million voters in electoral rolls, the existence of money politics, precast ballots, data entry errors by the election commission, as well as his opponent exploiting the state resources to win the presidential race.

However, the court judges perceived opposition’s case as legally flimsy, given the failure to present sufficient evidence and convincing witnesses. The judges also ruled that the lawyers had failed to prove there had been significant electoral fraud and upheld the election results. So the nine judges agree to rejected opposition claims on grounds of weak evidence and that the issues raised did not impact at least 50 percent of Indonesia’s 34 provinces.

By far, the Constitutional Court has never overturned the results of a national election, including a similar challenge by Subianto after the 2014 polls. At the time, Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa failed in his bid to overturn the election results after losing to Widodo – Jusuph Kalla by 6.3 percentage points. The President’s winning margin this time is 11 points.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com