Bali General Elections Committee (KPUD) has declared on Sunday incumbent Bali Governor candidate Made Mangku Pastika and his running mate, I Ketut Sudikerta, as the winner of the Bali gubernatorial election.
The candidate pair won 1.06 million or 50.02 percent of votes, slightly higher than its closest competitor, Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Puspayoga-Dewa Nyoman Sukrawan, who got 49.98 percent of votes, Antara news agency has reported.
Pastika-Sudikerta was nominated by several political parties united under the Bali Mandar coalition. They comprised the Golkar Party, the Democratic Party, the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Indonesia Nation’s National Party (PNBI), the National Functionary Concern Party (PKPB), the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI), and the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).
Meanwhile, Puspayoga-Sukrawan was supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
Puspayoga-Sukrawan’s campaign team voiced their objections on the results of the vote counting, saying that the vote counts in a number of districts had showed differences.
The team, represented by Arteria Dahlan and Made Supartha, said they found a number of voters had cast vote for more than once.
They further refused to sign the vote count results in four regencies, arguing that Pastika-Sudikerta was engaged in vote buying. They demanded a vote recount at the polling stations.
KPUD Bali said however, their refusal would not affect the final decision.(asw/ebf)