The Jakarta Post
The campaign team of Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan says ongoing quick counts suggest that Jakarta residents want a new leader.
Sohibul Iman, the chairman of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), which backs Anies’ candidacy, said Wednesday that an exit poll held by his party showed that Anies was ahead of incumbent Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono.
"There is strong indication that the public is not satisfied with the current leadership. Anies and Sandiaga Uno are here to meet the challenge," Sohibul said at a media conference. Sandiaga is Anies’ running mate.
Wednesday's media conference was held at the headquarters of the Gerindra Party, which also backs Anies, in South Jakarta. The conference was also attended by Gerindra patron Prabowo Subianto, Anies and Sandiaga.
Sohibul said they would wait for the General Elections Commission’s official announcement of the results before deciding their next steps.
"We need the official KPU results because exit polls cannot be used to determine the winner. Exit polls are only tools to make sure there’s no foul play in the counting," he continued.
Various quick counts and exit polls indicate that there will be a runoff pitting Anies and Ahok against each other while Agus will crash in the first round. (evi)
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