Jakarta

Zaki takes early lead in
Tangerang election

Voters go to the polls in Curug subdistrict in Tangerang, Banten, on Sunday. Four campaigns are fielding candidates to lead the suburban Jakarta regency. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)
Voters go to the polls in Curug subdistrict in Tangerang, Banten, on Sunday. Four campaigns are fielding candidates to lead the suburban Jakarta regency. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

Results from the quick count for Tangerang regency election say that Ahmed Zaki Iskandar and Hermansyah will likely win the poll.

“The quick count is based on results from 98.50 percent of the votes cast,” Ahmad Taufik, the head of Zaki-Hermansyah’s campaign team, told The Jakarta Post.

The ticket was backed by a coalition of seven political parties comprising Golkar, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra), the People's Conscience Party (Hanura), the National Awakening Party (PKB), the Star Reform Party (PBR) and the Crescent Star Party (PBB).

Zaki, the eldest son of the outgoing Tangerang Regent Ismet Iskandar and a Golkar legislator in the House of Representatives, said that he was targeting to win 70 percent of the vote.

There are 1.98 million eligible voters in the regency, less than 60 percent of whom voted on Sunday.

The quick count, compiled by the Indonesian Survey Cirlce, said that Zaki-Hermansyahwon 57.27 percent of the vote, followed by Suwandhi-Muchlis Wahidin with 16.08 percent, Aden Abdul Kholiq-Suryana with 15.16 percent and Subadri-Aufar with 10.57 percent. (iwa)

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