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Joko Widodo, Prabowo Subianto both claim victory in Indonesia's presidential poll
Quick vote count results by agencies, different television stations too point to a close race
Wednesday July 9, 2014 8:23 PM, Agencies

The result of quick vote counts of Indonesian presidential election conducted by several agencies and presented by different television stations pointed to a close race even as the two presidential contenders, Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto claim victory.Joko Widodo
[Joko Widodo decisively asserted his claim to Indonesia’s presidency in a speech to supporters on Wednesday night which repudiated his opponent’s tactics and warned him not to tamper with the count. (Photo Courtesy: BBC)]

The result is from about 70 percent of total sample votes collected, Xinhua reported.

According to the count result at 2.30 p.m. Wednesday, Jokowi, the popular name of Jakarta governor Joko Widodo who pairs with Jusuf Kalla, took a slim lead in the race.

The quick count conducted by Polmark survey disclosed that Jokowi secured 52.96 percent votes and Prabowo obtained 47.04 percent votes with 72.75 percent of the total votes collected, Metro television said.

The count undertaken by the JSI survey revealed that Prabowo pairing with Hatta Rajasa had 50.57 percent, and Jokowi obtained 49.43 percent with 77.62 percent of the total votes collected, TV One reported.

The other count conducted by SMRC survey revealed that Jokowi secured 52.8 percent of the votes and Prabowo got 47.20 percent of votes with 81.30 percent of the total votes calculated, according to Berita Satu television.

Meanwhile, Joko Widodo decisively asserted his claim to Indonesia’s presidency in a speech to supporters on Wednesday night which repudiated his opponent’s tactics and warned him not to tamper with the count.

Joko and opponent Prabowo Subianto have both used quick counts of ballot papers carried out by private companies to claim victory.

But ANU academic Ed Aspinall said Joko’s claim to victory was legitimate, whereas Prabowo’s was based on numbers from survey organisations that were “rather disreputable outfits” which had “a history of inflating” Prabowo’s numbers, according to The Sydney Morning Heraldd.



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