The Indonesian Election Supervisory Board rejected the opposition faction's claim of alleged structured, systematic and massive election fraud which harmed Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno on Monday (05/20). Photo by TheInsiderStories.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The Indonesian Election Supervisory Board expressly rejected the opposition faction’s claim of alleged structured, systematic and massive election fraud which harmed Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno. The rejection was made because the opposition’ evidence submitted did not support fraudulent claims.

The Chairperson of Election Watch Abhan said that after examining, researching and investigating the evidence related to alleged reporting that entered on May 15, 2019, the Election Supervisory did not find information that showed fraud was carried out in a structured, systematic and massive manner.

“We hereby establish and declare that reports of alleged structured, systematic and massive election administrative violations are not acceptable,” he said in Jakarta on Monday (05/20).

In its consideration, the Election Watchdog cited the evidence submitted by the National Team to Elect Subianto-Uno Djoko Santoso and Hanafi Rais not fulfilling the criteria because the evidence presented by the opposition was only a link or copy of news from online media.

“By only entering evidence in the form of a news link in a report on electoral administrative violations that occurs in a structured, systematic and massive manner, the value of the quality of evidence has not met the requirements,” said Supervisory member Fritz Edward Siregar.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Ratna Dewi Petallolo emphasized that the proof of online news print out could not stand alone, but must be supported by other evidence in the form of documents, letters, and videos that showed the existence of massive acts committed.

Petallolo added, evidence of fraudulent alleged fraud could not be in the small amount by the reported party. “At least 50 percent of the total provinces in Indonesia,” she said.

Thus, the quality of the evidence submitted by the reporter has not fulfilled the evidence criteria as stipulated in the Election Supervisory Agency Regulation No 08 of 2018 concerning the Settlement of Election Administrative Violations.

“The lawsuit filed by the litigant to the reported party is a candidate pair of Joko Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin,” she revealed.

Besides, the Election Watchdog also rejected a lawsuit filed by members of the winning team Subianto-Uno Dina Fatwa regarding allegations of structured, systematic and massive fraud committed by the Widodo-Amin pair during the 2019 Presidential Election.

But, the Election Watchdog rejected due to the evidence submitted did not meet the material quality as regulated in the Election Watch regulations.

However, the litigant Dian Fatwa stated that the refusal of the electoral supervisory institution was taken unilaterally and was too hasty because the Watchdog had not considered the statements of witnesses from the their team to strengthen the reporting proposition.

“We consider this trial unfair because it has prepared witnesses but has not been questioned,” she said.

Previously, the Subianto-Uno camp reported the alleged fraud at the 2019 Presidential Election to the Election Watch to follow up on findings related to alleged structured, systematic, massive fraud.

The opposition said that the evidence of fraud was in the form of electoral logistics, the seizure of opinion for the victory of the candidate pair, the deployment of state apparatus and electoral fraud abroad.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: daniel@theinsiderstories.com

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