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Jakarta Post

It’s a wrap

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, May 22 2019   /  01:24 am

In the end, it was the confirmation of what we had known all along. So it was hardly a surprise when the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Monday night that incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had won a second term. Only hours after balloting on April 17, a number of pollsters forecast with uncanny precision that Jokowi would win the presidential election. Jakarta-based pollster the Centre for Strategic and International Studies for instance found in its quick count that Jokowi would get 55.62 percent of the vote, only slightly more than the KPU’s official figure of 55.5 percent. So next time there’s an election we can rely on these pollsters to forecast the result correctly. The camp of Jokowi’s challenger Prabowo Subianto, of course, did not want to trust the quick count results. If anything, Prabowo’s camp refused to trust the vote count conducted by the...