Indonesian presidential election: Fraud allegations fly as counting goes on

Over a week since polls closed, rival camps are still arguing over the veracity of the electoral process. Indonesia Bureau Chief Francis Chan explains the key elements of this political storm.

Women wearing full-face veil gesture next to a banner of presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, as they attend a campaign rally in Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia, on March 28, 2019.
Women wearing full-face veil gesture next to a banner of presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, as they attend a campaign rally in Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia, on March 28, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto is disputing unofficial quick-count results by pollsters that show the incumbent Joko Widodo with 54 to 55 per cent of the votes, against the 45 to 46 per cent he garnered at the election on April 17.

The retired army general has accused pollsters of being biased, adding that his campaign team's tally shows him winning the election with 62 per cent of the votes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2019, with the headline 'Fraud allegations fly as counting goes on'. Subscribe