The Jakarta Post
Inactive Bandung mayor Ridwan Kamil and his running-mate Uu Ruzhanul Ulum are ahead in the West Java gubernatorial election with around 33 percent of the vote, according to quick counts conducted by six pollsters.
Two survey institutions Indikator Politik Indonesia and Poltracking Indonesia, whose samples cover 90 percent of the vote, have declared that Ridwan will likely win the contest in the country’s most populous province.
“We can conclude that Ridwan will win [the election]. Academically, the data is already valid that Ridwan will be the next West Java governor,” Poltracking executive director Hanta Yuda said on Wednesday.
Ridwan and Uu are backed by two Islam-based parties – the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the United Development Party (PPP) – as well as the NasDem Party and Hanura Party.
Ridwan and Uu were the favorites to win the election, according to preceding surveys.
The quick counts showed that candidate pair Sudrajat-Ahmad Syaikhu follow in second place with 29 percent of the vote, only slightly behind Ridwan.
“Ridwan won't win big. Sudrajat can be proud, because he could finish second, while most previous surveys predicted he would finish third,” Indikator’s Burhanuddin Muhtadi said.
Sudrajat and Syaikhu are backed by the Gerindra Party and the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), which have strong support in the province.
Candidate pair Deddy Mizwar and Dedi Mulyadi are currently in third position, with around 27 percent of the vote. Previously, most surveys predicted that Deddy would be the strongest rival of Ridwan.
Candidate pair TB. Hasanuddin and Anton Charliyan, who are only backed by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), garnered just 12 percent of the vote.
West Java is one of the most talked-about regions in the election. As the most populous province in Indonesia, home to approximately 46.71 million people, West Java is the province President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo struggled most during the 2014 presidential election, losing to Prabowo Subianto who garnered 59.78 percent of the vote. (dmr)