Indonesia: Opposition Leaders File Lawsuits Alleging Voting Irregularities

Updated On: Aug 03, 2009

Indonesian opposition leader Megawati Sukarnoputri filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's presidential election victory, alleging 28 million votes had been miscounted.

The complaint filed to the Constitutional Court came a day after another losing candidate, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, also filed a lawsuit demanding the result of the poll be annulled, citing inaccurate voter lists.

According to the General Election Commission (KPU), Yudhoyono won 60.8 percent of the votes in the July 8 election. Kalla won 12.41 percent and Megawati, a former president, garnered 26.79 percent of the vote.

But Megawati believes she has won 35.09 percent compared to 48.70 percent for Yudhoyono, close enough to force the pair to contest a run-off in September, her chief legal adviser Gayus Lumbuun said.

Complaints by Megawati and Kalla of voter list irregularities dogged the final hours before the actual election, and in the end, authorities allowed those whose names did not appear on the electoral rolls to use their identity cards in order to vote.

"We call for a second round so that at least Mr. SBY (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) has to fight to get people's trust in the presidential election," said Arteria Dahlan, a lawyer from Megawati's legal team.

Dahlan said the election commission had failed to act on complaints over the electoral lists before the vote. He said Megawati's legal team had presented to the Constitutional Court evidence indicating voting problems in 25 provinces and showing 28 million votes had been miscounted and given to Yudhoyono.

Yudhoyono denied there had been widespread foul play in the election and said opposing candidates had the right to launch a peaceful challenge.

"It almost certainly will not affect the results announced by the commission today," he added.


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Reuters, Indonesia's disgruntled Megawati files election lawsuit , 28 July 2009, http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-41371120090728?sp=true

Reuters, Indonesia president's rivals cry foul after poll win, 25 July 2009, http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE56O0OK20090725

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