Security officials are ready to ensure the peace when Indonesia's Constitutional Court (MK) issues its ruling on Prabowo Subianto's lawsuit disputing last month's presidential election .
Prabowo alleged "structured, systematic and massive" cheating during the election and vote count. A ruling is expected between August 21st and 26th.
The ruling is not likely to overturn Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's announced victory, political analysts say.
"Prabowo knows that to challenge the results using the legal system will be hard. But he threw a provocative statement that he was defeated through cheating. He knows that his supporters will be angry," said Arbi Sanit, a social and political science professor at University of Indonesia.
MK Chief Justice Hamdan Zoelva said Prabowo's suit contains a number of unclear claims.
"Prabowo only has a small opportunity to win. His argument is lacking evidence," Hamdan told Khabar Southeast Asia. "We have reviewed their arguments during the preliminary hearing, but it is hard to prove."
Some 30,000 Prabowo supporters will rally outside the MK to await the ruling, Andre Rosiade, coordinator of the Alliance to Save the Election, told Tempo.
Indonesian police plan to deploy some 22,000 police officers in anticipation of possible violence. Jakarta Police Chief Dwi Priyatno also provided special protection for General Elections Commission (KPU) Chairman Husni Kamil Manik.
"We will ensure his safety. We are also taking preventive action in anticipation of possible violent actions," he told Khabar.
Rachmad Widodo, who demonstrated outside the MK on August 6th, told Khabar protesters want to see clean and transparent elections.
"I hope the government realizes that finding the truth is part of democracy. It not about Jokowi or Prabowo, it is about the truth in Indonesian democracy," he said.
Put differences aside
Jakarta Police spokesman Rikwanto agreed peaceful protest is part of a democracy.
"This process is important for our democracy. Without security, we will not see that happen. So please stay home and follow the processes through your electronic media such as TV, internet, or radio," he said.
Clashes between rival camps of supporters took place in Solo on August 6th and 8th, Solo resident Nurwati Dewi said.
"One person got injured here in Solo. We have been told by our clerics and local government to stay home. I hope that will be the only case of violence. Everyone is restless here waiting for the results," Nurwarti told Khabar.
Muhammad Husni, a cleric in Karanganyar, Solo, encouraged supporters of either candidate to put their difference aside and unite.
"We had our right to vote on July 9th, and now is our turn to accept the results. We don't have to continue our disappointment with violence," he told Khabar. "It is wrong to do so, and that is not what our religion teaches us. Let us witness this event peacefully."
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