Prabowo-Hatta to file lawsuit with Constitutional Court

JAKARTA - The Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa ticket will submit a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court following its refusal to accept the 2014 presidential election result officially announced by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Tuesday evening.

The ticket's campaign team lawyer, Mahendradatta, said on Wednesday that the team was preparing to file a lawsuit in dispute of the election based on its findings of massive and systematic fraud that allegedly occurred during the election.

"We will pursue all legal options, one of which is to bring the alleged election fraud cases to the court within 3 x 24 hours since the official announcement of the election result [by the KPU on late Tuesday]," he told a press conference in Jakarta.

Mahendradatta went on to say that Prabowo's legal team had prepared three court experts to help it navigate the tangled legal web.

He said Prabowo still had legal rights to file a lawsuit with the court since technically; he was still a contestant of the 2014 presidential election.

"Pak Prabowo just withdrew from the recapitulation process. He did not quit the race; therefore, he is still a candidate," said Mahendradatta.

On Tuesday evening, the KPU announced the official final vote tally and named Joko "Jokowi" Widodo president-elect with a total vote of 70,997,833 or 53.15 percent. Meanwhile, Prabowo garnered 62,576,444 votes or 46.85 percent.

Mahendradatta's statement today contradicted a previous statement in which he said the Prabowo-Hatta ticket would not contest the election result because it did not have a legal basis to do so.

"Why do we have to file a lawsuit with the court? We don't have a legal standing to do so because the presidential and vice presidential candidate have pulled out from the election. Only those who are registered as a presidential and vice presidential ticket can file such a lawsuit," said Mahendradatta on Tuesday, adding that pulling out of the election did not violate any laws and thus was legally sound.