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Early wins in N. Sumatra, Java buoy PKS

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 17 2008   /  12:46 am

MAKE IT COUNT: An election committee member counts ballots at a polling station in Patisan Tengah subdistrict in Medan, North Sumatra. About 60 percent of some 8.5 million registered voters cast ballots in Wednesday's gubernatorial election. (JP/Apriadi)The candidate from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and 10 other parties is leading early counts in North Sumatra's first-ever direct gubernatorial election, building party confidence about polls in other provinces and next year's general election. A quick count on Wednesday by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) showed Syamsul Arifin, formerly the Langkat regent, and his running mate Gatot Pujo Nugroho leading with 27.67 percent of the vote. A candidate only needs 25 percent of the vote to win a regional election, according to Law No. 32/2004 on regional administration. While the provincial General Elections Commi...