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