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Jakarta Post

Two tickets claim victory in West Sulawesi

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Polewali Mandar, West Sulawesi   /   Wed, February 15, 2017   /  07:34 pm
Two tickets claim victory in West Sulawesi Children examine an election poster for the West Sulawesi gubernatorial election in Polewali Mandar regency on Wednesday. (JP/Andi Hajramurni)

Thousands of supporters of West Sulawesi gubernatorial election ticket Ali Baal Masdar-Enny Anggraeni Anwar poured onto the streets of Polewali in Polewali Mandar hours after voting ended on Wednesday.

They believed the pair had won the race even though the official result was not yet announced by the General Elections Commission (KPU) in West Sulawesi.

In Mamuju, the province’s capital, it was supporters of the Suhardi Duka-Kalma Katta ticket who took to the streets. They were convinced it was their ticket that was victorious.

(Read also: Komnas HAM monitors voting in West Sulawesi)

Ali Baal-Enny claimed victory based on a quick count conducted by pollster Politic Marketing Indonesia, which showed that they got 39 percent of the vote, while Suhardi Duka-Kalma got 34 percent, and Salim Mengga-Hasanuddin 24 percent.

But the camp of Suhardi Duka-Kalma had their own quick count, which showed the pair got 44 percent, while Ali Baal-Enny got 34 percent and Salim-Hasanuddin 20 percent.

West Sulawesi Police chief Brig. Gen. Nandang said that convoying on the streets was actually prohibited. “We have warned the camps of all three candidates to prevent their supporters from convoying in the streets,” he said. “If we find such activities on the streets we will disperse them.”

According to observations by The Jakarta Post in Polewali Mandar, hundreds of members of the police’s mobile brigade were busy managing the flow of traffic. (bbs)

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