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Jakarta Post

Zaini-Muzakir wins substantial victory

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 18 2012   /  07:15 am

The Aceh Independent Election Commission (KIP) has officially announced the election of Zaini Abdulah and Muzakir Manaf as governor and deputy governor for the 2012–2017 term of office.

The announcement was made on Tuesday during KIP’s plenary session held at the Aceh provincial legislative council.

The result of the vote counting from the 23 regencies and municipalities across Aceh showed that Zaini-Muzakir won 1,327,695, or 55.78 percent, of the valid votes.

The plenary meeting, attended by the Aceh Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) and poll watchers, was suspended several times to await data from KIP members from Gayo Luwes and Simeulue.

“It was due to technical reasons such as the long distance to Banda Aceh,” said Aceh KIP deputy head Ilham Saputra.

The session was also suspended when a magnitude-5.1 quake shook the Aceh legislativ...