Prabowo Rejects Election Result and Blasts Polling Commission

Presidential candidate, PRABOWO SUBIANTO, while giving his vote at a polling station 02, in Bojong Koneng, Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014. About 188 million Indonesian voters who in the territory of indonesia, are giving their vote directly to elect the President and Vice President for 2014-2019. As known, the presidential candidates are PRABOWO SUBIANTO - Hatta Rajasa, and Joko Widodo - Muhammad Jusuf Kalla. JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal

Presidential candidate, PRABOWO SUBIANTO, while giving his vote at a polling station 02, in Bojong Koneng, Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014. About 188 million Indonesian voters who in the territory of indonesia, are giving their vote directly to elect the President and Vice President for 2014-2019. As known, the presidential candidates are PRABOWO SUBIANTO – Hatta Rajasa, and Joko Widodo – Muhammad Jusuf Kalla. JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal

Jakarta. Prabowo Subianto, the defeated candidate in the Indonesian presidential election, withdrew from the electoral process on Tuesday and issued an extraordinary attack against the country’s election commission.

We are going to use our political rights and we are rejecting this presidential election, which is legally flawed,” Prabowo said in a televised speech from his campaign base in East Jakarta. “We are withdrawing ourselves from the election.”

Prabowo’s extraordinary broadside against the General Elections Commission (KPU) came after he was recorded to have won 46.73 percent of the vote, according to calculations by the Jakarta Globe using KPU data — although the official announcement is not due until later this afternoon.

“We are ready to win and ready to lose democratically and respectfully,” Prabowo said. “Therefore, to all Indonesians who voted for us — we ask that you stay calm, and we are sure we will not be quiet and we will not let our democratic rights be violated.”

He then instructed all supporters of his party to walk away from their election-monitoring roles.

“We instruct all our witnesses in the KPU not to continue the tally process,” he said.

Prabowo cited 5,000 polling stations in Jakarta where, he claimed, irregularities had taken place, and pointed to districts in Papua and East Java where no voting had taken place at all.

His running mate, Hatta Rajasa, was not present at the announcement, but is reported to be preparing to give his own statement later in the day.

Prabowo’s witnesses at the KPU have begun leaving the building. JG

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s