Published: Fri, April 19, 2019

Jokowi claims win as challenger disputes tally

Jokowi claims win as challenger disputes tally

Unofficial results from private pollsters based on vote samples from Wednesday's election pointed to a comfortable win for Widodo, with about 55 percent of the popular vote, giving him a lead of nearly 10 percentage points over his rival, former general Prabowo Subianto. Widodo said close to 100% of sample polling stations had been counted.

He told reporters about 20 leaders of nations from Southeast Asia and other regions have congratulated him on securing a second term.

Quick counts have been reliable indicators in past elections, but Widodo held off declaring victory - while his rival Prabowo Subianto insisted he was the archipelago's next leader.

"We all know that the QC (quick count) calculation is a scientific calculation method".

Prabowo first claimed victory on Wednesday at his base camp in Jakarta upon receiving information that he had won the race with 62 percent of the vote based on an internal "real count" of over 320,000 polling stations across Indonesia.

The Election Commission is required to release official results by May 22.

His campaign team has alleged massive voter list irregularities, but analysts say the claims are absurd and created to undermine the election.

However, the capital Jakarta was quiet yesterday after as many as 190 million voters in the Muslim-majority country cast ballots in the one-day election - which featured a record 245,000 candidates - to elect a new president, parliamentarians and local legislators.

The competing claims came as authorities warned against unrest over Wednesday's "smooth and safe" polls, and warned of arrests.

He also urged supporters to wait for official results to confirm the win.

"If there are any illegal or unconstitutional actions that threaten public stability and security, (authorities) will take firm action", he said.

Wiranto, who uses a single name, added security forces will "act decisively" against any threats to order and security.

He said the voter turnout of 80.5% gives the victor of the presidential election "high legitimacy".

"I appeal to everybody not to mobilise, both mobilisation to celebrate victory or mobilisation about dissatisfaction", Karnavian said. According to Time Magazine, prior to the polls opening nationwide at 7am yesterday morning, roughly 17 million election workers were tasked with transporting ballot boxes to over 800,000 polling stations across the country.

Voting ran smoothly, apart from a few districts where logistical problems caused delays, and was peaceful, a remarkable achievement for a country steeped in political violence.

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