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INSIGHT: What went (not) right in the Jakarta election

  • Philips J. Vermonte
    Philips J. Vermonte

    Executive director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 20, 2017   /  08:01 am
INSIGHT: What went (not) right in the Jakarta election A blind woman Wartini, accompanied by her sons, walks to Polling Station 31 in Pekayon, East Jakarta on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 for Jakarta Governor election. (JP/PJ Leo)

Jakartans had their final say after a long and exhausting election season. It is pretty much a landslide victory for Anies Baswedan, the challenger, over Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama, the incumbent governor. Pending the official manual counting of approximately 7 million votes, quick counts and exit polls by various pollsters have established the fact that the margin ranges between 12 to 16 percent in favor of Anies. A quick count conducted by Kompas showed Anies garnered 58 percent of the vote against Ahok’s 42 percent. The election season, which was marred by a smear campaign, invoking religious and racial sentiment, led many to believe that ugly campaigning worked for the benefit of Anies, who had presented himself as a moderate Muslim with an international outlook throughout his academic and community development career. This is in stark contrast to Ahok, who...

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