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Aceh comedian retains DPD seat

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 13, 2019   /   04:43 pm
Aceh comedian retains DPD seat The clock is ticking: Staff members of a local election commission count ballots in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, on Monday. Vote counting at the subdistrict level is expected to take 17 days, after which the results are to be submitted to the district or city level. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana )

Aceh comedian Sudirman, who is better known as Haji Uma, will keep his seat at the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) for another five years after winning the 2019 general elections by a landslide.

According to results announced by the Aceh Independent Election Commission (KIP Aceh) on Monday, Sudirman won with 960,033 votes while his challenger, Fadhil Rahmi, had 227,624 votes.

“While we have yet to [officially] declare the winner, it can be concluded from the number of votes garnered by each candidate,” KIP Aceh member Munawar Syah said as quoted by Antara. “The General Elections Commission [KPU] will officially announce the winner later.”

Sudirman was first elected in 2014 with 136,964 votes.

Another DPD incumbent from Aceh, Fachrul Razi, finished third with 157,317 votes.

Former Aceh governor Abdullah Puteh, who had served a prison term for corruption pertaining to the procurement of helicopters in the early 2000s, garnered 133,367 votes.

This year’s election saw 26 candidates from Aceh competing for four DPD legislative seats.

According to the KIP Aceh, a total of 2,156,315 votes were cast for the DPD election, 87 percent of which were considered valid.

Indonesian voters went to the polls on April 17 to choose their president, vice president, lawmakers, councillors and DPD members for the 2019-2024 term.

The KPU will officially announce the results on May 22. (kuk)