Jakarta raises its guard against protests over Joko Widodo election

World | 21 May 2019 5:28 pm

After Indonesian President Joko Widodo was  elected for a second term based on official results  today, tens of thousands of police officers and soldiers were on high alert in Jakarta, the capital, anticipating protests from supporters of  ultra-nationalist former general Prabowo Subianto.

The Election Commission’s headquarters in central Jakarta were barricaded with razor wire and heavily guarded.

Subianto, who also lost to Widodo in 2014 and unsuccessfully contested that result, has alleged massive election fraud but hasn’t provided any credible evidence.

Votes are counted publicly and the commission posts the tabulation form from each polling station on its website, allowing for independent verification. The formal result was almost the same as the preliminary “quick count” results drawn from a sample of polling stations on election day.

Subianto campaign official Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said a legal challenge to the results would be filed in the Constitutional Court within the mandatory three days.



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