Indonesia tightens security ahead of election dispute verdict


Thousands of police were deployed in Jakarta on Thursday as Indonesia’s Constitutional Court prepared to rule on an opposition claim that the election that brought President Joko Widodo back to power in April was fraudulent.

Widodo won the presidential race in the world’s third-biggest democracy with a comfortable double-digit lead, the General Election

Commission’s (KPU) official count showed last month.

However, his challenger, retired General Prabowo Subianto, has refused to concede defeat and his legal team has called on the court to overturn the result or disqualify Widodo, citing systematic fraud and abuse of power.

Election supervisory agency
The election supervisory agency (Bawaslu) has said there was no evidence of systematic cheating and independent observers have said the poll was free and fair.

At least 47,000 security personnel have been deployed in Jakarta anticipating protests by Prabowo supporters and police have blocked roads in the vicinity of the court, which has been considering the case for two weeks.

The court’s verdict to be delivered by a panel of nine judges, would be final with no option to appeal.


Olajumoke Adeleke