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Court rejects challenge by Prabowo's niece to her election defeat

Jakarta Post - August 8, 2019

Jakarta – The Constitutional Court has rejected a legal challenge filed by Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo, the niece of Gerindra Party patron Prabowo Subianto, against a legislative election result that declared she had lost.

"The court rejects the plaintiff's demand in its entirety," Constitutional Court Chief Justice Anwar Usman said as he read out the ruling on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Saraswati, an incumbent House of Representatives member from the Gerindra Party, failed to secure another five-year term in the legislative body after she ran as a candidate representing the West Jakarta, North Jakarta and Thousand Islands electoral districts.

The election result as declared by the General Election Commission (KPU) showed that Saraswati only obtained 79,801 votes, but she claimed that she should have won 83,959 votes.

In her dispute filed to the court, Saraswati claimed that she had lost 4,158 votes.

However, Justice Arief Hidayat said that she had failed to elaborate on her claim as she was not able to show the errors in the official vote counts that led to her vote loss.

"The plaintiff was not able to elaborate on details on the locations of polling stations where she had lost her votes," Arief said. (gis)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/08/08/court-rejects-challenge-by-prabowos-niece-to-her-election-defeat.html