The General Elections Commission (KPU) finished counting votes from the recent presidential election Thursday, two days ahead of schedule, officially giving incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) a second term, with 60.80 percent of the valid votes.
The Megawati Soekarnoputri and Prabowo Subianto team received 26.79 percent of the votes with the Jusuf Kalla and Wiranto team receiving 12.41 percent.
Kalla, who is also the current vice president, made it official Thursday that he will challenge the results of the count, though it remains unclear whether he will join forces with Megawati and Prabowo to do so.
“[The Kalla–Wiranto team] will continue to challenge the legitimacy of the electoral roll to with the Constitutional Court. This is not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing, but a matter of democractic education,” Kalla said to Antara on Thursday.
The Kalla–Wiranto campaign team has been toying with the idea of challenging the results of the election, saying that the candidates were waiting for the General Elections Commission’s official tally, even though most pollsters have named SBY the likely winner. — The Jakarta Post