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Jakarta Post

Pollster transparency urged due to differing results

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 10, 2014   /  11:17 pm

The Central Information Commission (KIP) has called on all pollsters that announced quick-count results following the presidential election to be transparent about their funding and methodological sources, due to their conflicting results that had led to public confusion and concern.

'€œMethodological transparency should include the number and location of samples, as well as the techniques employed for sampling and analysis,'€ KIP chairman Abdulhamid Dipopramono said as quoted by on Thursday.

Abdulhamid said full transparency on the part of the pollsters would help the public to assess their credibility and impartiality.

Quick counts on Wednesday from several Jakarta-based pollsters, including the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Cyrus Network and the Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC), showed that candidate pair Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo-Jusuf Kalla had won the election with around 52 percent of the vote, while their rival candidates, Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa, garnered around 48 percent.

However, four other pollsters, including the National Survey Institute (LSN) and the Center of Development Policy and Strategic Study (Puskaptis), indicated a Prabowo-Hatta victory.

Meanwhile, the General Elections Commission (KPU) will be recapitulating ballot papers in several phases, from subdistrict to provincial levels, on Saturday, while national-level counting will take place on July 20-22. (gda)

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