Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jokowi RI’s new President: Quick counts

V for victory: Presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his wife Iriana show their fingers, which have already been dipped in ballot ink, after casting their votes in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. Jokowi and his running mate Jusuf Kalla are assigned No. 2 on the ballot papers. (JP/DON)

Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Election Watch | Wed, July 09 2014

A quick count conducted by the Jakarta-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shows that the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pair has won 52 percent of the vote against Prabowo-Subianto-Hatta Rajasa’s 48 percent.

CSIS, in collaboration with the Cyrus Network, surveyed 2,000 polling stations in 2,000 subdistricts in all the country’s 33 provinces.

As of 2:30 pm, data from 95 percent of the stations surveyed had been received. The current spread between the candidates was considered stable and the official count expected to change only slightly.

Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) announced on Wednesday that based on its quick count, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had won the presidential election with 52.8 percent of the vote.

"We've taken samples from 4,000 polling stations. The calculation data that we received was 81.3 percent. There is no way that candidate Prabowo Subianto can catch up," said Djayadi Hanan in a press conference.

"The SMRC thus declares Jokowi-Jk [Jusuf Kalla] of winning the election with 52.8 percent of the vote, while Prabowo-Hatta [Rajasa] won 47.2 percent,"he said.

The margin of error from the quick counts was 0.68 percent.

Based on the outcome following the April 9 legislative election, the SMRC's quick counts, along with those by the Kompas daily, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Cyrus Network, proved to be accurate.

Separately, Jokowi expressed his gratitude to all Indonesian citizens who voted for himself and Jusuf Kalla during a press conference in Kebagusan, South Jakarta.

"I thank every citizen from Sabang to Merauke who voted for us and have believed in us. I also thank PDI-P [Democratic Party of Struggle], NasDem [National Democratic Party], PKB [National Awakening Party], Hanura [People's Conscience Party], and PKPI [Indonesian Justice and Unity Party] for their relentless support to us during the campaign," Jokowi said. (nfo/ren)

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