Incumbent West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Governor Zainul Majdi is in the lead according to quick counts released by two pollsters, as the province went to the polls for an uneventful election day on Monday.
Zainul and running mate Muhammad Amin, the secretary of the NTB chapter of the Golkar Party, have garnered more than 40 percent of votes tabulated, taking the lead in five of the province’s 10 regencies and municipalities.
The Zainul-Amin ticket was supported by Golkar, the Democratic Party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the United Development Party (PPP), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party and the National Awakening Party (PKB).
The three other tickets are Suryadi Jaya Purnama and Johan Rosihan from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS); former NTB governor Harun Al Rasyid and Abdul Muhyi Abidin, backed by the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) and 17 smaller parties; and West Sumbawa Regent Zukifli Muhadli and Ichsan, backed by the Crescent Star Party (PBB), the National Ulama Awakening Party (PKNU), the National Care Functional Party (PKPB) and the Indonesian Employers and Workers Party (PPPI).
The Indonesian Voice Network (JSI) released a quick count on Monday that said that Zainul-Amin had received 44.45 percent of the vote, followed by Zulkifli-Ichsan with 25.74 percent, Harun-Muhyi with 22.05 percent and Suryadi-Johan with 7.59 percent.
“The results of our quick count concluded that the Zainul-Amin ticket is leading the gubernatorial election,” JSI coordinator Eka Kusmayadi told reporters.
The Indonesian Image Consultant-Indonesian Survey Circle (KCI-LSI) network released a quick count on Monday that reported similar findings.
The KCI-LSI network said that Zainul-Amin garnered 43.08 percent of the vote, followed by Zulkifli-Ichsan with 26.33 percent, Harun-Muhyi with 22.69 percent and Suryadi-Johan with 7.89 percent.
According to law, a ticket can win on a single ballot by receiving either a majority of the votes cast or as the sole ticket to receive more than 30 percent plus one of the votes cast.
Around 3.47 million registered voters in the province were eligible to go to the polls on Monday to choose a new governor and vice governor, while voters in Bima elected a mayor and those in East Lombok elected a regent.
After casting his vote, incumbent governor Zainul said that the gubernatorial and regional elections had proceeded smoothly and safely in general.
“Alhamdulillah [Praise God] everything went well, without any problems,” Zainul said.
The governor said that he expected whoever wins the regional elections would demonstrate a strong commitments to developing their regions and the province while in office.