The Jakarta Post
Exit polls at voting stations abroad are showing the Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo-Jusuf Kalla presidential ticket is ahead in the overseas vote.
'I hope it is indicative of what the result will be in the domestic voting,' Jokowi was quoted as saying by Antara after the fifth and final presidential debate at Bidakara Hotel in Jakarta, early on Sunday.
Jokowi-Kalla campaign spokesman Anies Baswedan said volunteers had conducted exit polling at each voting station all over the world.
'We got the result from our volunteers monitoring the election. I'm happy and Insya Allah [God willing] I will forward this message to all Indonesians, so that those who watched the balloting and vote-counting processes can carefully examine the results,' said Anies.
He expressed hope the result would be a bellwether for domestic voting on July 9.
'People living abroad usually can see through everything calmly. Results of the overseas election have proven that those who see through everything calmly and rationally will choose Pak Jokowi. Hopefully, this will also happen here,' said Anies.
Separately, the General Elections Commission (KPU) could not verify Jokowi-Kalla's victory in overseas voting, saying the Overseas Elections Committee (PPLN) had yet to count the votes. The overseas vote-counting will be conducted at the same time as the domestic vote is counted. The KPU said, however, that the exit polls were likely accurate.
A Constitutional Court ruling allows results of surveys, quick counts or exit polls to be released at any time. (ebf)
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