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Jakarta Post

Election defeat a bitter pill to swallow

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 13 2009   /  10:02 am

Election quick count results are globally considered a proven and accurate method for forecasting the outcome of democratic elections.   In some cases quick counts have exposed plots to manipulate the elections such as in the Philippines in 1986 and Yugoslavia in 2000. But many involved in Indonesia’s legislative elections last Thursday, particularly the parties declared the losers, continue to doubt quick count results the same way they refuse to accept defeat. “These quick counts are not the proper way to determine the election result. The surveyors only looked at 2,000 out of nearly 520,000 polling stations across the country,” said Bambang Suroso. His Pioneer Party failed to make the top 10 according to quick counts conducted by five different poll surveyors. The quick counts have so far revealed the same result: Only nine out of the 38 political parties...