Jakarta. Joko Widodo declared himself the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election, beating Prabowo Subianto in what had been viewed as a tight race filled with negative campaigning.
Joko had 52.9 percent of the votes, while Prabowo had 47.1 percent, according to preliminary results from pollster Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting. The data were based on 99.1 percent of the vote counted, and the margin of error was 0.62 percent.
Joko thanked the Indonesian people, coalition partners and volunteers, he said, at a press conference at around 2:30 p.m. local time.
“We express the greatest gratitude to all the Indonesian people, from Sabang to Merauke, our volunteers from Sabang to Merauke, the cadres of PDI-P, Nasdem, Hanura, PKPI, all who have worked shoulders to shoulders, day and night,” he said. Joko was referring to his political party the Indonesian Party of Struggle (PDI-P). the National Democratic Party, the People’s Conscience Party, and the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party.
“We are grateful that the quick count result shows Jokowi-JK is the winner,” he said, referring to JK as his vice presidential running mate, Jusuf Kalla.
Joko called on the public to monitor the vote-counting process by the General Election Commission (KPU) so that it would be clean and honest, with no outside intervention.
“No one should spoil what the people want,” he said.
Prabowo, though, declared victory, an hour after Joko made the same claim.
“[The quick counts] show that we, Prabowo-Hatta, have received the support and mandate from the people of Indonesia,” Prabowo said at a political rally, referring to his running mate Hatta Rajasa.
Kalla told Prabowo and Hatta that he still regarded them as “brothers” and asked them to help build the country together “as best we can.”
“We promise to make this nation better,” Kalla said, adding that he was confident that the quick count results would not be overturned.
Kalla offered his appreciation to the young voters, who he believed had played a significant role in the presidential election.
“Thank you to the young generation, the young voters. Without the support from the young generation, it will be hard to win the election,” said Kalla.
He said that based on experience from the legislative election in April, there won’t be a difference between the quick count results and the actual results.
“God willing, it will not be too different from the real count,” Kalla said in Kebagusan, South Jakarta.
Another poll from CSIS-Cyrus Network showed that the Joko-Kalla ticket won 51.9 percent of votes against 48.1 percent for their rivals, according to Tempo.co. CSIS-Cyrus’s data, based on 99.65 percent of votes counted, has a margin of error of 1 percent.
Additional reporting from Reuters