Indonesia's Prabowo challenges election result in court, hearing to begin in August
Published on Jul 25, 2014 9:36 PM
JAKARTA - Defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa on Friday filed a challenge to the election result at the Constitutional Court, but not before railing against the Election Commission (KPU).
The papers were filed shortly before the deadline of 9.04pm, or 72 hours from the time of the results. The Prabowo team took along what they said was evidence of alleged fraud at 52,000 out of the 480,000 polling stations, affecting up to 21 million voters, and said they had 500 witnesses.
The nine-judge court will begin hearing the case the week of Aug 4, after the Hari Raya break, and has up to 14 working days to make a decision, which will be final and binding.
The court can order a recount or repeat voting if it finds systematic and large-scale fraud that would have altered the result.
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