Open Plenary Meeting of Permanent Voters List of Improved Results in the Main Session Room, KPU Building, Jakarta, Sunday (16/09) - Photo by GEC

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The campaign team of Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno claimed there were irregularities in the final voter list for the election, said the campaign team. This will affecting nine percent of total voters.

The campaign team said an inspection of voter data on the ground had uncovered cases of possible fraud. Communications and media director for Subianto – Uno campaign team Hashim Djojohadikusumo claimed it had found voters who shared the same names, some birth dates, as well as names of the dead and those ineligible to vote, including people under 17 years old, being registered as voters.

It said the list involved up to 17.5 million voters dated at the same time on July 1, December 31 and January 1. They also stated that there were around 304,782 voters aged over 90 years, 20,475 under the age of 17, manipulative Family Cards as many as 41,555, invalid data as much as 18,832,149, and double data totaling 6,169,895.

The team had reported the matter to the General Elections Commission (GEC), which told it was looking into the matter. The team said that the irregularities, if unresolved, could lead to electoral fraud.

“There are serious questions about how this election is being run,” he said, referring to what he called “dubious” and “invalid” data. Djojohadikusumo urged the election commission to check and revise its voter list quickly.

He aded: “We are raising the issue because there’s a legal implication. The law says if the government officials in charge of election administration do not take corrective actions based on legitimate information, they can face a criminal charge.”

GEC’ commissioner Viryan Azis said his team now is checking the data at 2,092 polling stations across five provinces Banten, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, and East Java, as agreed with the opposition campaign team. The commission hopes to conclude the process this week.

Stressing that the number is not significant, he said more names may be dropped from the list, and the commission will convey the results to opposition team. As for people who shared the same birth dates, he said they were actually those who could not remember when they were born.

Amin Rais, one of the opposition’ winning teams, said there was “a clear possibility” that the opposition could file a claim with the Constitutional Court, unless they received a satisfactory answer, he said. He revealed that if fraud was proven, street protests that relied on “people’s power” could also be a legitimate response.

Rais’ statement about the threat of ‘People Power’ also reap the pros and cons. A number of circles, especially from incumbent supporters Joko Widodo, considered the people power statement to be somewhat provocative. The meaning is not proportional because it departs from suspicion.

First, suspect the election organizers will be manipulated by political forces, so they must be threatened with a discourse on people power. This is a way of delegitimizing the organizers and the election itself. Second, the suspicion that leads to the threat of people power as a form of anticipation to find reasons if they lose the contestation.

But Rais himself denied the allegations. He stressed his efforts to ensure that the organizers are honest and fair in the elections. He claimed he only wanted Indonesia to be proud by holding elections that were fair, not de-legitimized.

“We are actually seeking legitimate elections. We are not delegating the elections, but we want to legitimize, so that we feel satisfied, proud, and grateful, the more days add, and the more likely it is “Come to separate in the future come,” he said.

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

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