On July 9th, Indonesians went to the polls to vote for their next president. Unfortunately, a clear winner has yet to be declared. The deadlock has raised some fears of political instability. Jokowi came out ahead with 52 percent of the vote according to the three most credible quick counts. But Prabowo pointed to lesser-known counts which show he came out on top, and therefore will not concede. The current president, Yudhoyono, has met with both men, asking them to not declare victory. The election commission has begun tallying votes and will announce official results on July 22. But if either candidate refutes the outcome due to evidence of fraud or voting irregularities, the case will be taken to the Constitutional Court. The judges would then have two weeks to make a ruling. Denny Indrayana, deputy minister of Law and Human Rights, says “Considering victory claims from both candidates, it seems difficult to avoid a legal battle at the Constitutional Court.”
Pray for those counting the votes, that they would have wisdom, and that there would be no fraud.
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