Indonesian President Candidates "incumbent" Joko Widodo (right) and his rival Prabowo Subianto (left).

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Exactly one week the legislative general election and the Indonesian president and vice president ended. There are 190 million voters who have chosen their best candidates, both to lead this country and to represent them in Parliament, for the periods 2019-2024.

Even so, the results of this election are still far from the expectation of achieving the quality of elections that are safe, honest, fair, free and confidential. Moreover, this year’s election cannot be said to be a successful and encouraging election for all citizens. The Election Commission was considered unable to create the conditions for a clean and successful election as expressed so far.

Local media reported that almost real fraud occurred throughout the electoral district which urged the committee and Commission to decide to conduct re-election or follow-up election. Evidence of fraud was detected and collected easily by the community through the use of information technology systems in the form of news or video recordings.

In the city of Surabaya, East Java, the Election Watch recommended a vote recount of the 8,146 polling stations at the District Election Committee level. The Surabaya Election Watch found errors in filling in the C-KPU form so that the vote count in thousands of polling stations in Surabaya had to be recalculated. Elsewhere, namely in Jambi province, the Election Watch also found cheating on 4,000 more polling stations and was forced to re-elect.

In addition to cheating, elections also leave misery and trauma for the community. As of today (04/23) it is reported that there were around 465 election officials at the local level who were victims of the simultaneous election of the first president-vice president and legislative in Indonesia, where 91 killed and 374 were ill due to fatigue and counting votes. In addition, some police officers reportedly suffered because they had to maintain electoral security stability in cities and regions.

Responding to this fact, President Joko Widodo called on all parties, both ministries/institutions and security forces to maintain security and order stability after the April 17 election. Widodo has observed that the security situation after the election has caused a rift that can disrupt the stability and consolidation of national democracy.

But also the most important thing is that the government needs to review and evaluate the implementation of simultaneous elections: whether it is continued or enough just once. And more substantially, the practice of fraud should not only be recommended by re-election, but it requires strict legal action against the perpetrators, if indeed cheating is related to violations of law and not merely administrative matters.

Observing the various practices that exist, the potential for disputes and chaos is increasingly apparent from frauds that are deliberately carried out by several interested parties, including legislative candidates and the election organizing committee. The potential for this chaos can occur before the official determination of the winning President and Vice President by the Commission on May 22, or after that when the period is approaching the inauguration of the new President-Vice President in October.

This long lag can trigger anarchy and violence if the two sides do not hold back and rationally accept the results and election fraud.

As has been reported, for several times, namely since the election day on April 17, the pair Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno declared the victory of the election of the President and Vice President according to their internal team’s quick count. Although several hours after the vote was decided there were several survey institutions that conducted quick counts, but Subianto-Uno stance to claim victory over its political competitors Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin. This is the basis for the “war of claims” between the two camps.

This claim of victory, in a democratic country, is normal and legal. That, each pair has the right to “raise hands” to “referees” or “jurors”, until the Commission officially determines who is the winner in the arena of competition, to borrow terms in boxing.

The incumbent Widodo-Amin himself did not claim to be the winner of the election, but trusted the accuracy and validation of the quick count of the survey institutes which was broadcast on national media. Instead of declaring victory by their supporters, the two chose to wait for an official decision from the Commssion on the results of the election.

Once again I emphasize, the potential for this chaos does not originate in the war of claims of the two camps, but rather fueled by the fire of fanaticism of support for the two by the people who consider this democratic election to have won one partner, and disadvantage the other pair. The chaos caused by the dissatisfaction could come from the Widodo-Amin camp or its rival Subianto-Uno.

From the Subianto-Uno camp, even though it was discussed, it would urge the Commission to conduct a re-election, but surely they would also think that it would be detrimental to the country’s finances and the votes of its supporters so far. Moreover, seeing the cheating that happened, most harmed the pair 02, so it could be an instrument to pressure the election organizers, because it is legally legitimate, to win their partners, if later the fraudulent calculation is 50 percent more than the difference between the two parties.

Meanwhile, for the Widodo-Amin supporters, chaos could be triggered by the flames of community support that wanted its best leaders to win today despite fraud here and there. It means that the potential of the 01 stronghold will be more a reaction to the political stance of 02 and its supporters. Because, with the temporary advantage at this time, the pair Widodo-Amin and his supporters were comfortable and thought to immediately end this counting.

From the monitoring of the Commssion website, the results of today’s real count (04/23) at 08:45 local time, the collected data has reached 154,932 from 813,350 polling stations (19.04863 percent). Overall pair number 01 Widodo-Amin received 16,116,541 votes (54.93 percent), while Subianto-Uno received 13,221,000 votes (45.07 percent), a difference of 2,895,541 votes (9.86 percent).

It means, if the fraud rate is legally proven by one of the camps and reaches half of the vote difference, then, the pair is constitutionally declared to have won the election. To prove it, the Committee must form a special team to investigate the practice of fraud, so as not to cause polarization of opinion and chaos in the community.

Moreover, if these frauds continue to emerge and become more massive, then there will be disruption that will threaten security stability and the legitimacy of the election itself. That is, a movement will occur that demands to reject the election results, and if there is no re-election, a vacuum of power occurs. With this, a movement of people power, where the government will be occupied by crowd, or by a stronghold that influences power can occur.

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

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