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Jakarta Post

Did Anies just deliver a victory speech an hour after polling booths closed?

Did Anies just deliver a victory speech an hour after polling booths closed? Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan (tengah) and his family cast their votes in Cilandak, South Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Indra Budiari
Jakarta   ●   Wed, April 19, 2017 2017-04-19 15:32 1487 a291276806121264c0bd211cde9cf971 1 Politics JakartaGubernatorialElection,anies-baswedan,Sandiaga-Uno,ahok,basuki-tjahaja-purnama Free

Even though only an hour had passed after polling stations across the capital officially closed, and quick count results were still far from conclusive, gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan and his running mate, Sandiaga Uno, delivered a press statement that sounded like a victory speech.

Anies expressed his appreciation for his rival, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, for participating in the democratic election, saying that while they were competitors in the race, they are actually working together in the democratic process.

"Now we start a new chapter, and we should work together to improve this city," he said

Sandiaga, meanwhile, said he was ready to reconcile with Ahok and his running mate, Djarot Saiful Hidayat. "From now on, we need to fix everything that has been damaged and unite everything that has been scattered," Sandiaga told reporters.

Meanwhile, Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman, Sohibul Iman, said that based on an internal poll he was convinced Anies would win the election.

"Several survey results have suggested the good news. But we need to wait for the final outcome," he continued.

As of 3 p.m, a quick count conducted by Kompas shows that Anies (57 percent) is leading over Ahok (43 percent). However, only 70 percent of the total votes were counted. (ary)