BY NONI J.
Joko Widodo appeared to be leading for victory in Indonesia’s presidential election on Wednesday as “quick count” results from polling stations were posted, in line with opinion polls that had predicted a second five-year term for the low-key reformist.
Based on partial counts of vote samples, data of six private pollsters have shown that Widodo was winning half of the vote and his challenger, Prabowo Subianto, was between 5.5 and 11.4 percentage points behind him.
From Jakarta-based CSIS, after more than three-quarters of its sample had been counted, it has put Widodo at 55.7 percent and Prabowo at 44.3 percent.
The growing number of conservation Islam in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation poll was dominated by economic issues.
Before the election, a win for Widodo with 52-55 percent of the vote would be a “sweet spot” that could secure his “seat” as he has enough of a mandate to press on with, said by a senior government close to the president.
However, a Widodo campaign aide said the president’s victory appeared far from convincing. – Reuters