2014 Indonesia election

2014 Indonesia election2 posts
22 Jul, 2014

Becomes fifth President

Indonesia’s elections commission, the KPU, announces that Widodo will be the country’s fifth democratically elected president. KPU Decision no. 536, Year 2014:

Candidate Pairing No. 2,  Ir. H. Joko Widodo and Drs. H. M. Jusuf Kalla, with 70,997,833 (seventy million, nine hundred and ninety seven million eight hundred and thirty three) votes, or 53.15% of valid national votes […] are declared President-elect and Vice President-elect for the 2014-2019 period.

Widodo will lead the world’s third-largest democracy, and the victory is in line with predictions ahead of the official count that Widodo had defeated Subianto. Widodo wins by approximately eight million votes as voter turnout reaches almost 70% nationwide. Subianto appears to withdraw his candidacy, later stating that he needs more time to address alleged ballot irregularities and decide whether to challenge the poll result at the Constitutional Court.

9 Jul, 2014

Both candidates declare victory

Both presidential candidates in the 2014 Indonesia election declare victory, as quick-count vote tallies appear to show that Jakarta governor Joko Widodo is ahead in more polls than former army general Prabowo Subianto. Official results are due July 20. Widodo claims victory based on polls that reliably predicted results of the April 20 legislative election and which show him leading by 3-6 percentage points, while Subianto says that he will not concede and that polls used by his faction show him leading by 4 points. Widodo:

Today the people have decided a new direction for Indonesia … This is a new chapter for Indonesia

Subianto:

We, Prabowo-Hatta, have received the support and mandate from the people of Indonesia

A contested election result will require a constitutional court hearing, delaying the election outcome.

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