JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian opposition leader, Prabowo Subianto has urged his supporters to trust in the Constitutional Court judges, who would examine the dispute over the election results submitted by his campaign team.
The challenger of President Joko Widodo in the recent presidential election also asked his supporters not to go to the Constitutional Court during the hearing, which will take place in the next few days.
“Trust in the judges. Whatever the decision, we should respond with maturity and calm, and we should put the interests and integrity of the nation and state above all. That is our position and my request,” Subianto said through a video distributed by the opposition media team, Wednesday (06/12).
Subianto and his running mate, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno asked his supporters to remain cool, calm and peaceful and maintain a sense of brotherhood and family spirit with fellow nationals.
He stated that since the beginning, both of them have committed to peaceful and nonviolent actions. Even when there were numerous events and agendas, and opinions flying around in public, everything must be executed peacefully and nonviolently.
“I beg you, to follow and obey to have faith in the leadership, and for that, if you feel that you sincerely support Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno, I plead you not to surround the Constitutional Court,” Subianto said.
The Court on Tuesday formally registered a revision of the application document to appeal the results of the presidential election submitted by the Subianto-Uno campaign team. The court will use the document submitted by opposition’s attorney team on May 24, while some revisions would be treated as additional material.
The Subianto-Uno team submitted a 37-page document as supposed proof when it registered its appeal. However, on Monday, the team filed a revised document containing 146 pages.
Court spokesman, Fajar Laksono Soeroso, said on Tuesday that the judges would consider the revision of the appeal documents. However, Soeroso added, the court’s rules on the procedures for settling disputes in presidential elections did not recognize any revision of the appeal documents.
According to him, the court will decide in a preliminary hearing on Friday whether and how the revision documents will be used. The opening session will have a single agenda point, which is to read the appeal request.
One of the points in the revision of the appeal application submitted by the Subianto-Uno legal team is related to the alleged failure of the Widodo’s running mate Mar’uf Amin to meet certain requirements. Amin had not resigned from his position on the supervisory board of Bank BNI Syariah and Bank Mandiri Syariah when he was named the vice-presidential candidate.
The applicant argues he violated Article 227 Letter p of Law No. 7/2017 concerning elections which stipulates that presidential and vice presidential candidates must resign from their position as employees or officials of state-owned companies or local government-owned companies after being named as candidates.
Chief of Subianto – Uno legal team Bambang Widjoyanto, said some of the additional materials include videos, written documents, such as the C1 tally forms, and other contents. The team’ appeals are based on qualitative and quantitative arguments, he added, to allege Widodo – Amin ticket conducted a structural, systematic, and massive electoral fraud in numerous examples of power abuse and the misuse of state resources.
“By abusing his (Widodo) position as the incumbent president, the number 01 candidates have worn out all resources. Everything ostensibly looked legal and common, but once we dig deeper, we will see that they were trying to influence the people to win the 2019 election,” Widjoyanto said in an official statement.
He added, five forms of electoral fraud has collected by his teams such as misuse of the State budget and government programs, misuse of bureaucracy and State Own Enterprises, police and intelligence community’ partisanship, limitations on press and media freedom, and discriminatory legal enforcement.
“Structural, systematic, and massive electoral fraud is a fundamental violation of the honest and fair election prescribed in Article 22E Paragraph 1 of 1945 constitutional,” said Widjoyanto.
Furthermore, he explained that the team’ quantitative arguments are based on illegal acts of adding and suppressing the total of votes cast for the candidate. This was found throughout all 34 provinces in Indonesia but a larger proportion happened in Java.
Such manipulation of casted votes was supported by a disputed and anomalous finals voters list, forging C1 tally forms, and inputting incorrect data. Widjoyanto believes that his team will win the court dispute with strong documents and witnesses to support their quantitative arguments.
Written by Willy Matrona, Email: lexy@firstname.lastname@example.org