Ganjar-Mahfud Witnesses Reveal Vote Inflation on Sirekap

Witnesses for Candidate Pair Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD taking oath in before the justice panel to provide their testimonies at a presidential election dispute hearing, Tuesday (4/2/2024). Photo by MKRI/Teguh.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court (MK) held a hearing on the 2024 presidential election results disputes (presidential PHPU). The hearing for case No. 2/PHPU.PRES-XXII/2024, filed by Presidential Ticket 03 Ganjar Pranowo–Mahfud MD (Ganjar-Mahfud) took place on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 in the plenary courtroom.

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The agenda of the hearing was to examine the testimonies of experts and witnesses presented by the Ganjar-Mahfud pair. The witnesses were Dadan Aulia Rahman, Endah Subekti Kuntariningsih, Fahmi Rosyidi, Hairul Anas Suaidi, Memed Alijaya, Mufti Ahmad, Maruli Manogang Purba, Sunandiantoro, Suprapto, and Nendi Sukma Wartono.

In his testimony, Hairul Anas Suaidi revealed the history of Sirekap (recapitulation information system), which served as the official and primary tool for the General Elections Commission (KPU) in calculating votes at polling stations. Notably, he designed the Blue Robot initiative, enabling legal monitoring of Sirekap through its front-end interface. This initiative facilitates web-crawling of vote count data and administrative data (checksum) from each polling station off of the official website for the announcement of the presidential election results ( Moreover, it has the capability to archive all C-result documents and the numbers on the site, ensuring access to both the latest and historical data in case of any changes.

Beyond providing testimony, Hairul also conducted simulations using five research methods to scrutinize in detail the counting process carried out by the KPU on February 14, 2024. Utilizing the collected vote count data from the database, he used checksums of the main page, attendance, votes, and data updates per batch to identify patterns and footprints.

“Of the overall checksums performed up to 950 times, for instance, in the checksum conducted on April 1, 2024, an astonishing number of votes reaching between 23-28 million votes was detected. In the checksum per batch, consistent discrepancies were observed where certain numbers consistently failed to correspond, while the percentage distribution of the candidates’ votes remained relatively stable. This pattern raises suspicions of vote inflation, suggesting a conversion of invalid votes into valid ones, with the percentage composition remaining relatively fixed,” Hairul explained before Chief Justice Suhartoyo, Deputy Chief Justice Saldi Isra, and six other constitutional justices.

At this evidentiary hearing, Deputy Chief Justice Saldi Isra requested Hairul to access the Sirekap page to verify several conditions of the presidential election vote count results, which were suspected to exhibit discrepancies in the reported numbers. “I’m accessing web archive and entered the Sirekap site, This will provide insights into the conditions on the [February 14]. Among the 148 captures, we selected the version from 18:30, and the results remained unchanged,” Hairul explained, while showing where complete data turned to damaged data.

In response, Deputy Chief Justice Saldi also requested the KPU to substantiate the two million votes Hairul flagged as problematic. Meanwhile, in response to inquiries from other parties, Hairul provided insights based on his programming research findings regarding the detection of error patterns in the conversion of complete vote count data into damaged data on Sirekap.

KPU’s False Testimony

Sunandiantoro testified that he was a legal counsel for the complainant who made reports against the KPU to the Election Organizer Ethics Council (DKPP) and the Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu). The object of the report to the DKPP was the KPU’s approval of Gibran’s candidacy, which did not uphold the principle of legal certainty.

On February 5, 2024, the DKPP granted the request in said report and declared the KPU having violated Article 11 letters a and c, Article 15 letters c and e, and Article 19 letter a of the DKPP Regulation No. 2 of 2017 on the code of ethics of election organizers. At the DKPP hearings, he also presented facts on KPU’s actions and stated that the KPU had given a false testimony. He also showed the report of presidential ticket registration approval, which did not match facts in the field.

“The report of the registration approval, made October 27, 2023, did not match what actually transpired. This is one part of the registration of Candidate Pair 02. As we know, the registration was on October 25, 2023, but the state document was written or made on October 27, 2023,” Sunandiantoro explained.

Social Aid, Intimidation, Mobilization of Village Apparatus

Next, witnesses Dadan Aulia Rahman, Endah Subekti Kuntariningsih, Fahmi Rosyidi, Memed Alijaya, Mufti Ahmad, Maruli Manogang Purba, Nendi Sukma Wartono, and Suprapto gave their testimonies. Dadan revealed the distribution of social assistance by military (TNI) retirees on February 11-12, 2024 in Pasireri Village of Cisata Subdistrict, Pandeglang Regency, Banten Province during election silence.

“I witnessed it because the distributor’s house was only about 5 meters from my house. They distributed [social assistance] to fifty to seventy people in two hamlets. The villagers went home with rice in a packaging with the logo of Prabowo–Gibran on it,” he recounted.

Next, Endah Subekti Kuntariningsih revealed that when members of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) was raising their party flags on January 29, 2024 at 19:00 WIB, they encountered the presidential security detail who was preparing for the President’s visit to Gunungkidul. “Our members refused to lower the flags along the route that the President would use. In Wonosari Subdistrict, Gunungkidul Regency, if the President was present, we agreed not to put up any props. However, we refused to [clear our flags] in the route that the President would pass. Twenty-four minutes later, we received a WhatsApp message from the Gunungkidul precinct police chief, which I have screenshot and submitted. The police chief asked my understanding as the DPC chairperson on the flag-raising. I told him the same thing I said to the two presidential security officers,” said the Gunungkidul branch executive board (DPC) chairperson.

Then, Fahmi Rosyidi talked about the Sidoarjo Regency DPC chairperson of the Great Movement Party (Gerindra) using village facilities and campaigning for presidential candidates alongside village chiefs. They, he said, distributed free food and the universal healthcare card “kartu sehat” in Tarik Village, Sidoarjo Regency. “The village chiefs led the people to chant support for Candidate Pair 02 while showing the free lunch box,” said the former chief of Balongbendo Village to the Court.

Meanwhile, Memed Alijaya testified about an incident one night in Cikaso Hamlet where village apparatus led by the subdistrict chief led chants and wore a shirt with Prabowo-Gibran logo on it at the residence of the head of community unit (RW). Next, Mufti Ahmad talked about the electoral partiality of regional officials from regent to village chiefs in North Sumatera. The officials participated in an exercise event alongside state civil apparatus (ASN), where the mandatory dress code was light blue shirt.

“At the event, the music played ‘oke gas oke gas nomor dua paling pas.’ This happened at two locations,” said Mufti while the Court displayed a video recording of the event.

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Author         : Sri Pujianti
Editor          :
Nur R.
Translator     : Fuad Subhan, Yuniar Widiastuti (RA)

Disclaimer: The original version of the news is in Indonesian. In case of any differences between the English and the Indonesian versions, the Indonesian version will prevail.

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