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Pastika Declared Winner in Governorís Race

Made Mangku Pastika Wins Second Term as Baliís Governor Amidst Claims of ĎFoul Playí from PDIP

(5/26/2013) The final recapitulation of votes cast on May 15, 2013 for Bali’s governorship was announced on Sunday, May 26, 2013 by the Bali Election Commission (KPU-Bali).

The results of that count covering nine regencies and metropolitan areas show that the pairing of incumbent Made Mangku Pastika and his running mate Ketut Sudikerta secured 50.02% of the total vote (1,063,734), while the opposing ticket of AA Ngurah Puspayoga and Dewa Nyoman Sukrawan tallied 49.98% (1,062,738).

In the island-wide elections a total of 32,762 ballots were deemed invalid leaving only 996 vites separating the winners from the losers.

The PDIP –Bali Party is protesting the results of the vote count, claiming significant irregularities in the election process.

Barring a possible formal appeal of the election’s result to the Constitutional Court by PDIP-Bali, the election of Pastika and Sudikerta as Governor and Vice-Governor for 2013-2018 will stand.