Thursday, July 10, 2014

President S. B. Yudhoyono asks Presidential candidates Prabowo and Jokowi to restrain victory celebration before election is declared

Presidential visit:President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono separately receives presidential candidates Joko Widodo(left) and Prabowo Subianto (right) in this composite photo at Yudhoyono's private residence in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java. (Antara/Prasetyo Utomo)

SBY asks Prabowo to exercise  restraint
Novan Iman Santosa, 
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Election Watch | Thu, July 10 2014, 12:22 PM

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said late Wednesday evening that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had asked him to maintain peace and order as well as prevent horizontal conflicts connected to differences in quick count results from Wednesday’s election.

“It is already our commitment and we have continuously instructed our supporters to keep calm, restrain themselves and to not be provoked,” an unusually subdued Prabowo told reporters outside Yudhoyono’s private residence in Cikeas, West Java, following their near-midnight meeting.

“But we also conveyed that if presidential candidate No. 2 [Joko “Jokowi” Widodo] keeps conducting actions in the field, there will be a war of perception over who has won the election.”

While saying he would wait for the official result from the General Elections Commission (KPU), due no later than July 22, Prabowo maintained that his camp had already received real count results from several regions in the country naming him the winner.

Credible pollsters with a proven record of correctly naming the winner of past presidential elections in quick counts have said Jokowi won the presidential election with around 52 percent of the vote to Prabowo’s 48 percent.

SBY meets Jokowi, telling him to restrain celebration 
Sita W. Dewi, 
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Election Watch | Wed, July 09 2014, 11:34 PM

Presidential frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Jusuf Kalla met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at his private residence in Cikeas, West Java, late on Wednesday to discuss security concerns following the refusal of rival candidate Prabowo Subianto to concede defeat.

After a 30-minute meeting, Jokowi expressed appreciation for Yudhoyono’s leadership in ensuring a smooth election.

“The President asked us to restrain our celebrations. We agreed to comply so I called on volunteers, supporters and party cadres to not hold any celebrations starting tomorrow. But it's OK to hold a mass prayer to express gratitude," said Jokowi.

Speaking to journalists, Yudhoyono urged both camps to restrain from inflaming tensions.

“Supporters from both camps must be prevented from inciting conflict or violence while waiting for the General Election Commission (KPU) to issue the official result,” he said.

Jokowi declares victory, Prabowo won't concede defeat 
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Election Watch | Wed, July 09 2014, 8:37 PM

Presidential frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo delivered a victory speech on Wednesday evening before thousands of supporters at the historical Proclamation Monument in Central Jakarta, where the founding fathers declared Indonesia's independence.,

In his speech, Jokowi said that winning the presidential election meant he would serve the people, take care of people’s interests and move all components to achieve prosperity and justice.

"I want to assert, that this victory is not the victory of Jokowi-JK [Jusuf Kalla], not the parties’ victory, nor the victory of the success team. This is the victory of the entire Indonesian people. Once again dear all, this is the victory of the whole Indonesian population!" he said.

"Now our obligation is to guard today’s election outcome until it becomes the official result of the KPU. We must guard it and make sure that vote counting at the KPU proceeds properly, cleanly and without any intervention from any party. I call on all parties not to try to tarnish the sincere aspiration of the people of Indonesia in today’s ballot."

Several hours after Jokowi's speech, rival Prabowo Subianto took the stage inside the ballroom of the Bidakara building in South Jakarta to deliver a fiery speech in which he instructed his supporters not to believe quick counts that were not financed by his team.

"It is not over. We should respect the KPU [General Elections Commission]. The battle is not over. We should ensure that the KPU is not influenced by circulating quick counts that are misleading," said Prabowo.

The KPU is scheduled to officially announce the tally between July 20 and 22.

"I ask my supporters to remain calm. But we should not be deterred from responding to insults. We can be firm on that," he said.

Previously in the house of his late father Soemitro Djojohadikoesoemo in Menteng, Central Jakarta, Prabowo and his supporters prayed in gratitude after several pollsters financed by him announced that he had won the election. (ren)

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