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Jakarta Post

Ahok-Djarot wins in FPI stronghold

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 19, 2017   /   08:03 pm
Ahok-Djarot wins in FPI stronghold Claiming innocence -- Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab (center) speak to journalists after being questioned at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Jan.23. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

Incumbent Jakarta governor and deputy governor candidates Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Saiful Hidayat won the majority vote at polling station TPS 17 in Petamburan, the home base of conservative Muslim group Islam Defenders Front (FPI) in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, during Wednesday’s gubernatorial runoff election.

Ahok-Djarot took a slight lead over their rivals Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno in the same polling station where FPI leader Rizieq Shihab cast his vote, reported.

The incumbent pair received 286 of the total 547 ballots, of which 11 were declared invalid.

“Therefore, 250 votes go to candidate pair number three [Anies-Sandiaga],” said Heri, head of Petamburan Polling Station Committee (KPPS).

(Read also: Jakarta praised for peaceful voting day)

It was Ahok-Djarot’s second win at the FPI headquarters. In the first round of the election on Feb. 15, the pair won with 279 votes while Anies-Sandiaga received 212. Agus Yudhoyono and Sylviana Murni ranked third with only 38 votes.

As of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, with 92.75 percent of the total vote counted, Anies and Sandiaga received 58 percent of the vote, taking a lead over Ahok-Djarot, who garnered 41 percent of the vote, according to quick count conducted by Kompas. (afr/ebf)