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Jakarta Post

Pollsters defend quick counts, challenge critics to open data

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 21, 2019   /  05:12 pm
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A boy wearing a traditional costume guards ballot boxes at a pooling center during the presidential election in Trumon, Southern Aceh province on April 17, 2019. Indonesia kicked off one of the world's biggest one-day elections, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)

Eight reputable pollsters grouped under the Indonesian Association for Public Opinion Surveys (Persepi) have defended their “quick count” methodology amid allegations they were biased toward President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. In a first, the pollsters, who have almost accurately predicted all election results in the past, held a joint event in Jakarta on Saturday where they invited the media and the public to examine their methodology as well as raw data from polling stations they surveyed on election day. The press briefing came only a day after presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto lashed out at the pollsters, calling them liars and asking them “to move to the Antarctic to spread lies to the penguins.” Quick-count results conducted by the pollsters have shown that the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin pair is likely to win the presidential race with 5...