Bawaslu: We cannot Accept Reports on Alleged Electoral Fraud

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) has determined to reject two reports on the alleged electoral fraud in 2019 general elections.

    The report was submitted by a former TNI Commander Djoko Santoso and National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Ahmad Hanafi Rais and Dian Islamiati Fatwa who accused the incumbent candidate Joko Widodo or Jokowi - Ma’ruf Amin pair practiced foul play.

    “We declare that reports on the alleged structured, systematic, and massive administrative violation cannot be accepted,” said the head of judges Abhan during a trial in the board headquarter, Monday, May 20.

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    The evidence in the form of news links provided by Djoko, Ahmad, and Dian Fatwa on their report was not adequate to prove the allegation.

    “The news link as evidence cannot stand by itself,” said Bawaslu member Rahmat Bagja, adding that it should be supported by other pieces of evidence such as documents, letters, or video displaying the fraud executed by state apparatus or election organizers who directly connected to the accused party.

    Additionally, the evidence presented by the opposition, the Prabowo - Sandiaga campaign team, could not be proved right as the reports did not meet the requirement of evidence for the case.

    “Analyzing evidence brought by plaintiffs, from p1 until p9, there is no single evidence that proves a well-planned electoral fraud committed by the suspected party,” Rahmat said. Thus, the reports could not further be progressed since there was no adequate evidence.

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