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Indonesia poll result challenged

Megawati Sukarnoputri, file image from 8 July 2009
Mrs Megawati's campaign says it has concerns over the voter registry

One of the defeated candidates in Indonesia's presidential election is to challenge the result, a spokesman says.

Former president Megawati Sukarnoputri believed that there were "unresolved legal issues" over the vote, said her party spokesman Gayus Lumbuun.

Mrs Megawati secured 26.8% of the vote, compared to incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's 60.8%.

A spokesman for the third candidate, Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, has said he will challenge the voter lists.

Mr Kalla received 12.4% of the vote in the 8 July poll.

Mrs Megawati boycotted the formal announcement of results from the election commission on Saturday.

"Because there are still unresolved legal issues, we are rejecting the presidential election results from the KPU (election commission)," Gayus Lumbuun said.

He said the campaign would lodge a challenge with the Constitutional Court.

Indonesian President and Democratic Party leader Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono places his vote, 8th July

Both defeated candidates had alleged that the voter lists were flawed in the run-up to the elections, amid claims that duplicate names and those of dead people were appearing on the electoral rolls.

A spokesman for Mr Kalla, meanwhile, said that he would appeal over the voter list issue, but had not yet decided whether to accept the official results, AFP reported.

Indonesia's poll watchdog acknowledged the problems.

Election Supervisory Body chief Nur Hidayat Sardini said that "there were many violations", but said the polls were "considered a success".

Mr Yudhoyono said the candidates had the right to an appeal.

He was elected president in 2004 and Indonesians have, correspondents say, been impressed by his ability to manage the economy and clamp down on corruption.

Many see him as someone who has turned the economy around and brought much-needed stability and security to the country.

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