The Constitutional Court on Monday rejected an election dispute filed by former West Java gubernatorial candidates Rieke Diah Pitaloka and Teten Masduki, paving the way for the inauguration of incumbent Ahmad Heryawan as the West Java Governor.
“[We are] rejecting all requests of the applicants,” presiding judge Achmad Sodiki said on Monday.
Justice Hamdan Zoelva said to Tempo that the allegations regarding election irregularities could not be proven.
“The applicant did not provide sufficient evidence that can be used by the court to consider the dispute case,” Hamdan said.
Rieke and Teten last month claimed that there were violations during the election, including an inaccurate voter list. Rieke and Teten also accused the incumbent of buying votes through promises of social aid and new mosques, and black campaigning them.
Justice Akil Mochtar said that a black campaign was not under the court’s authority to judge, but added that there were no organized violations.
Rieke said that she respected the court decision and admitted that she failed to present enough evidence to the court. She said she would return to her work as lawmaker and would fight for the rights of Indonesian migrant workers.
“I, Rieke Diah Pitaloka, will return as a lawmaker overseeing manpower and transmigration. I will work with the people and West Java people to end West Java’s [status] as [one of] the three poorest provinces in Indonesia, despite its extraordinary natural resources,” she said.
Ahmad’s lawyer Andi Asrun said Ahmad expected to be inaugurated soon after the court’s decision.
“The case has been solved and all parties can return to work,” Andi said. “They should be inaugurated as there’s no more reason [to delay].”