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    Jul 15, 2014

    Team Jokowi claims voting irregularities in election


    AS INDONESIA'S General Elections Commission (KPU) continued with its tabulation of the July 9 presidential election results, there have been reports of alleged irregularities where vote counts were inflated in favour of Gerindra presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

    One of the most blatant acts of alleged tampering occurred in two regencies, Sampang and Bangkalan, on Madura island, East Java, just three days after Wednesday's voting.

    The national campaign team of the Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Jusuf Kalla ticket reported that the pair had won zero votes in a number of places in the two regions, which the team said was highly unlikely.

    "It completely does not make sense. In every polling station, there are at least one or two witnesses from our team who cast their votes at the polling station... So it is impossible that the Jokowi-Kalla ticket did not get a single vote," Ferry Mursyidan Baldan of the Jokowi-Kalla team said on Saturday in Jakarta.

    A manual vote tabulation conducted by the Jokowi-Kalla campaign team showed that the pair won 55.5 per cent of the vote in East Java.

    Mr Ferry suspected that foul play had taken place.

    "It is logical to suspect that something went wrong at the polling stations in Sampang and Bangkalan," he said.

    A number of credible polling institutions, whose quick counts in the past have proven to be accurate predictors of the KPU's official vote tally, indicated that Mr Joko won around 52 per cent of the vote, with 48 per cent going to Mr Prabowo.

    Mr Prabowo, however, claimed to have won the election.

    Alleged violations have also taken place abroad.

    Migrant Care executive director Anis Hidayah said that there are alleged irregularities in the ballots being mailed by the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to the KPU.

    Eva Kusuma Sundari, the Jokowi-Kalla team spokesman, said: "The Jokowi-Kalla team has urged our witnesses in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia not to sign any documents regarding vote recapitulation before the KPU comes clean about accountability and transparency regarding vote recapitulation abroad."

    According to manual vote counts, the Jokowi-Kalla ticket won in a majority of countries abroad, but the real-count results dramatically changed after the KPU added votes coming in from overseas voters.