Insight: Indonesia’s Incredible Challenge Elections
Indonesian Election Commission Office in Central Jakarta.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The results of a quick count of survey institutions on the 2019 Presidential Election were long tails. Today, Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno’ Advocacy and Legal Team reported six survey institutions to the General Election Commission (GEC).

The camp considered as lying to the public by equating perceptions of the superiority of Joko Widodo – Ma’ruf Amin. According to Djamaluddin Koedoeboen, there are at least six survey institutions that jointly carry out rapid calculations on Wednesday (04/18) at 15:00 p.m local time. It includes LSI Denny JA, Indo Barometer, Charta Politika, SMRC, Poltracking, and Voxpol.

Koedoeboen assesses the results of the survey of these institutions are considered to have broadcast news that is not true, hoax, and even mislead the public. He pointed out that there were several survey institutions that were impartial and unprofessional, because they issued quick count results because they were very different from the facts on the ground.

“The existence of several survey institutions that have passed a few months with a particular partner, as we thought, even seemed to be a successful team from a particular partner,” he explained in Jakarta.

Therefore, his party on behalf of the opposition faction asked the Commission to impose sanctions on the survey institution. At the same time, community organizations incorporated in the Anti-Hoax Society Coalition also reported several survey institutions with allegations of lying to the public to the Police regarding violations of Article 28 of Law Number 11 Year 2008 concerning Information and Electronic Transactions.

According to the lawyer Pitra Romadhoni, based on these legal rules, parties who intentionally and without rights spread false and misleading news threatened with a sentence of two years imprisonment or a fine of Rp1 billion.

Romadhoni said several institutions that were reported included the Indo Barometer, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC), Charta Politika, and Poltracking.

Eight survey institutions that conducted quick counts showed that incumbent Widodo-Amin outperformed his competitors Subianto – Uno with a double digit difference (8-10 percent).

“It is also an institution that displays quick counts on television,” Pitra said in Jakarta on Thursday (04/18).

The reason for this report, said Romadhoni, was based on the potential difference in data between the quick count and the official calculation of the Commission.

He said the results of the quick count which deviated by 2 percent could be suspected of being a public defamation. Romadhoni stated: “We also ask the Election Supervisory Board to act firmly on a survey institution that is quick to make decisions.”

The evidence that was taken was a calculation in Subianto -Uno‘ internal, video, and news. He said the current internal data Subianto – Uno outperformed Widodo – Amin with a vote of 59.74 percent compared to 40.26 percent.

Previously, the Election Watch found 4,589 polling stations which the Voting Organizing Group allegedly were not neutral by directing voters to vote for certain candidates.

“Election supervisors found there was Committee in 4,589 polling stations which directed voters to vote for certain candidates and there were intimidation of voters in 250 polling stations,” said member of Election Watch Mochammad Afifuddin in Jakarta at the samed day.

The Supervisor also found witnesses who allegedly violated the rules of the election at 2,490 polling stations. The witnesses were found using attributes that included elements or serial numbers of the election participants.

“And the supervisor found that there were officers who mobilized voters to exercise their voting rights at 436 polling stations,” Afifuddin said.

In addition, the Supervisor said there were 38 polling stations that had the potential to repeat voting. This potential arises because of a number of problems experienced by a number of polling stations due to damaged ballots and not yet arrived at the polling station.

However, the election organizing committee said the voters’ enthusiasm in the 2019 Election was quite high. Even though the calculations have not yet been made, the Commission estimates the level of society participation to reach 77.5 percent.

While, the foreign voters participation was reported to reach 65 percent of the 67 Foreign Election Committees. While the number of polling stations abroad is spread in 130 locations.

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

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