Indonesians went to the polls on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, to select their next President. The campaign pitted Jakarta governor Joko Widodo against former-general Prabowo Subianto.
While the final “official” results will only be announced by the National Election Commission (KPU) on July 22nd, both presidential contenders point to different “quick count” tallies that they insist show them to be the winner.
Mainstream media and mainstream, “quick counts,” that include the State Broadcasting Authority, that suggest Joko Widodo’s won by about 5% are considered the most credible. Meanwhile, calls are mounting for complete transparency on methodologies used by quick count companies and at least one petition is circulating calling for the revocation of TV One’s broadcast license that has secured more than 22,000 signatures.
TV One, owned by Probowo supporter and Golkar chairman Aburizal Bakrie, has steadfastly refused to even report the “quick count” tallies suggesting Joko Widodo has won the presidential race.
The winner of the real count will be announced on July 22nd after which the final results are still open to an ultimate challenge before the now-dubious Constitution Court that just saw a former chief justice sentenced to life in prison for bribery in deciding cases brought before the court involving election results.
If appealed to the Court, a final decision in the election would be handed down by the end of August.
In the absence of a gracious concession of the race by one of the contending candidates, uncertainty and a certain degree of political tension will perists until July 22nd or, perhaps, late August.
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