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PDI-P optimistic Ahok and Djarot will win 52% of vote

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, April 19, 2017 | 01:55 pm
PDI-P optimistic Ahok and Djarot will win 52% of vote Cast your vote: Incumbent candidate Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama (right) and his family vote in the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election at polling station TPS 54 in Pantai Mutiara, Pluit, North Jakarta, on April 19. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is certain Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat will win the second round of the Jakarta election on Wednesday.

“We are optimistic that at least our target of 52 percent of votes can be achieved,” said PDI-P secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto as quoted by tribunnews.com. He was speaking at the residence of PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri in Kebagusan, South Jakarta, on Wednesday.

Commenting on several surveys that had placed candidate pair Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno in the lead, Hasto said some of pollsters were being used as campaign tools.

(Read also: Don’t be afraid to vote, Ahok says)

He said internal surveys conducted by the PDI-P had shown support for Ahok and Djarot was continuously increasing while the electability of their contender was on a downward trend. That was why all parties supporting the Ahok-Djarot ticket were optimistic the 52.4 percent vote target could be achieved, he added.

Hasto said the incumbent pair of candidate pairs would also bear the responsibility of conducting a free and fair election. After monitoring the voting, Ahok would visit Megawati at her private residence, he said.

Hasto hoped the Jakarta runoff election could run safely and orderly and all residents could convey their aspirations independently.

“Together with other parties and volunteers, we have implemented the best strategies to create a better Jakarta under the leadership of Pak Basuki and Pak Djarot,” said Hasto. (dis/ebf)

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