The Jakarta Post
Lil’ voter: A boy casts a ballot for his mother at a polling station at Pluit, North Jakarta, on Thursday. Pollsters are reporting that Joko “Jokowi” Widodo won the gubernatorial runoff by a margin of about 10 percent. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)The victory of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his Chinese-Christian running mate, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, in the gubernatorial runoff, is, if anything, proof that Jakartans have overcome polarizing sentiments.
The capital saw a generally smooth and peaceful election day on Thursday, despite weeks of negative campaigning and racial insults since the first round of voting on July 11.
Jakartans were apparently more eager to vote in the runoff, with pollsters saying that an average of 65 percent of 6.9 million registered voters cast their ballots on Thursday, up from 63.7 percent in July.
The Jakarta Police also reported...