Indonesia's largest party eyes probe into alleged election
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[February 26, 2024]
By Ananda Teresia
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The biggest party in Indonesia's parliament is
seeking a legislative investigation into alleged violations around this
month's presidential election and plans also to file a case with a top
court, a senior party official said on Monday.
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) backed Ganjar Pranowo
for the presidency, who finished a distant third behind Defence Minister
Prabowo Subianto, the clear winner of the Feb. 14 election according to
unofficial vote tallies and an ongoing preliminary count by the poll
"We found there was abuse of power, ranging from legal aspects to the
use of state facilities," PDIP Secretary General Hasto Kristiyanto told
Reuters, without providing specifics or evidence to support the
The presidential palace did not immediately respond to a request for
comment on the allegations or the planned investigation.
Despite various accusations by parties, none have provided specifics or
details of the scale of the alleged violations.
Though the Constitutional Court typically handles election disputes,
Indonesia's parliament has the power to investigate government policy or
implementation of certain regulations and can examine the conduct of
public officials, including the president.
Hasto said PDIP and other backers of Ganjar would file a case over
alleged electoral irregularities with the Constitutional Court, but gave
no timeframe. He said the investigation aimed to safeguard democracy.
"If we did not do this comprehensive correction, then what's the point
of having an election in the future?" he said, adding PDIP did not
intend to impeach President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi.
Parliament reconvenes next month and for a probe to be launched, it must
be approved by more than half of legislators present at a plenary
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A woman walks past a flag of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party
of Struggle (PDI-P) at a residential area in Jakarta, Indonesia,
February 11, 2024. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo
Prabowo looks to have swept the Feb. 14 election in his third
attempt at the presidency, with almost 60% of the votes tallied,
boosted by the tacit backing of Jokowi, who has faced mounting
allegations of ethical breaches and meddling, which his allies deny.
Prabowo also ran on a ticket with Jokowi's son, owing to a
last-minute decision by the Constitutional Court, headed by the
president's brother-in-law, to change election eligibility rules.
PDIP's plan is backed by another pro-Ganjar party and has the
support also of three parties that endorsed second-placed finisher,
Anies Baswedan. If combined, those constitute a majority, with 314
of 575 seats.
In a report on Indonesia's election last week, poll monitor the
Asian Network for Free Elections noted widespread concerns about the
independence of the election commission and mobilisation and misuse
of state resources to sway voter preferences, adding "it would be of
a disservice to the electoral stakeholders" if those were to go
Hermawi Taslim, a top official of NasDem, which backed Anies, said
his party supported PDIP's plan.
"The probe is needed so the upcoming government is legitimate," he
(Reporting by Ananda Teresia and Stefanno Sulaiman; Editing by
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