The General Elections Commission (KPU) has officially declared President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of the April 17 presidential election after completing the national vote tally in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The final tally showed that the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin pair secured 85 million votes (55.5 percent), while the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair garnered 68 million votes (44.5 percent).
KPU head Arief Budiman said the losing candidate pair could challenge the election result at the Constitutional Court within three days of the official announcement of the vote tally.
If there is no legal challenge, the KPU will officially name Jokowi and Ma’ruf duly elected as president and vice president for the 2019-2024 period on Friday, Arief said.
The Prabowo camp has said it will not accept the election results citing what they claimed was “structural, systemic and massive” vote-rigging. On Monday, the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) rejected their report of election fraud, saying the Prabowo camp had failed to provide solid evidence.
Gerindra Party politician Fadli Zon has said the Prabowo camp will not bring the election dispute to the Constitutional Court, which he said would be “pointless”. Many of Prabowo’s staunchest supporters, however, have said they will take to the streets to protest the election results, fueling fears of possible violence.