An initial count of Wednesday’s ballots place Jokowi on about 55% of the vote, with Prabowo winning about 44%.

Most pre-election opinion polls had provided Jokowi a double-digit lead, even though he had copped criticism from analysts and former supporters who say he has failed to provide on concerns such as human rights — and compromised his values of pluralism to score political points.

Final official final results will be announced by Could 22.

Some 192.eight million persons have been eligible to vote across the archipelago’s 17,000 islands in what is the world’s most significant direct presidential election.

It is been billed as 1 of the most complex single-day ballots ever beneath taken. For the initially time, Indonesia held its presidential and legislative elections on the very same day, with a lot more than 245,000 candidates operating for more than 20,000 seats. Far more than 800,000 polling stations and six million election workers helped to pull it off.
Only the Indian elections are larger (with 900 million persons eligible to vote) and they are held more than a period of virtually six weeks. Indonesia’s elections take location more than just six hours.

A logistical feat spanning mountains and jungles

An Indonesian election worker on horseback transports ballot boxes and election material to a remote village in Jember, East Java on April 15, 2019.

Indonesians have been basically asked to casting 5 ballots — for the president and vice-president, for members of the 575-seat Home of Representatives, for the Regional Representative Council (or Senate), provincial legislators, and district and city councils.

Polling started at 7 a.m. regional time and voters had till 1 p.m. to cast their ballots prior to polls closed and the counting began.

Making sure this mega-poll in the world’s third biggest democracy would go off devoid of a hitch was a logistical feat, with election workers traveling by boat to remote islands, scaling mountains to attain hill-leading villages and trekking by means of jungles — from time to time on horses — to bring ballot boxes inside variety of each voter.

“The logistics of this election are fiendishly complex,” stated Ben Bland, director of the Southeast Asia Project at the Lowy Institute.

“Indonesians are spread more than hundreds if not thousands of islands, lots of of these areas are incredibly remote and mountain villages, you have to access some areas by modest boats, on foot in some circumstances. And don’t forget that lots of distinct regions have distinct ballots since they are voting for distinct regional candidates,” stated Bland.

“So for the election commission to get all these thousands of distinct sorts of ballot paper to 800,000 polling stations across Indonesia is a true geographical and logistical feat.”

Indonesian election officials transport ballot boxes to a remote village by boat along a river in Manggamat, Southern Aceh province on April 16, 2019.
But there has also been reported allegations of voting irregularities, with Prabowo and his group claiming there have been voter lists that integrated names of the dead and these not eligible to vote and vowing to take action if their issues have been ignored. The Election Commission is investigating the claims.

Indonesia’s election watchdog has known as for a revote for a lot more than 300,000 Indonesians living in neighboring Malaysia since officials found invalid ballots, which have been punched by non-voters, and other uncast ballots.

“There is convincing proof that the Overseas Election Committee in Kuala Lumpur did not carry out its job of conducting the 2019 election objectively, transparently and professionally,” the election committee stated in a statement.

It comes immediately after video purportedly showed pre-marked ballot papers for Jokowi in Malaysia.

When Indonesia is a somewhat new democracy following the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998, Bland stated the nation has a “quite fantastic track record” of maintaining the election absolutely free and fair.

“Its crucial to comprehend just how really hard it is for nations transitioning from authoritarianism to democracy to do so effectively, and how really hard it is in a significant establishing nation to hold productive elections,” he stated, citing Nigeria and Afghanistan which have delayed their elections since of logistical troubles.

“Meanwhile in Thailand there is an impasse at the moment since of uncertainties of the counting approach and the function of the military government in that so I consider Indonesia deserves credit for the way its constructed up a quite resilient election technique,” he stated.

The challengers

Polls recommend that Jokowi, 57, is probably to win a second term. A former furnishings salesman, Jokowi became mayor of Surakarta in 2005 and then Jakarta governor in 2012.

In 2014, he campaigned on a guarantee of building jobs, bolstering human rights and cracking down on corruption. The public was sold and swept in the self-styled man-of-the-persons more than his military strongman opponent, Prabowo, now 67.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo at a rally at Jakarta's main stadium on April 13, 2019 in Jakarta.
When once again, Jokowi was competing against Prabowo, a retired army common and son-in-law of former president and authoritarian dictator Suharto. His operating mate is Sandiaga Uno, a businessman and vice governor of Jakarta who was named by Forbes in 2013 as Indonesia’s 47th richest man, with an estimated net worth of $460 million.
Through campaigning, Prabowo seized on his rival’s financial failings, slamming Jokowi for permitting meals rates to rise and calling for far better high-quality jobs.

Jokowi’s selection of Ma’ruf Amin, a hardline Muslim cleric for his operating mate, might have bolstered his religious credentials by attractive to Islamic hardliners that have traditionally supported Prabowo. But it could have also turn off some these who voted for him in 2014 for his commitment to religious freedom.

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto during a campaign rally at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta on April 7, 2019.

Youth vote

Some 80 million 18-35 year-olds — about 40% of the electorate — have been eligible to cast a ballot this year and each candidates have created efforts to appeal to them.

Jokowi beamed a hologram of himself about the nation, featured his pet goat on social media, and created references to the tv show “Game of Thrones.”

Prabowo, meanwhile, focused on concerns such as unemployment which are probably to appeal to younger voters who are struggling with an unemployment price of about 15.eight%, according to Planet Bank figures.

“Millennials are incredibly crucial to the two candidates,” stated Hasanuddin Ali, chief executive of study enterprise Alvara Investigation Center. “Millennial voters are also a crucial good results issue in the Indonesian election.”

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But it could prove a really hard sell. Analysts say there is widespread disengagement from young persons towards politics and they are place off by higher levels of corruption and distrust in the technique.

“Some never really feel like they are getting equally represented,” stated Ella Prihatini, an academic with the Center for Muslim States and Societies at the University of Western Australia.

Other folks are concerned that minority rights continue to be eroded — more than the previous couple of years police raids and vigilante attacks on members of the LGBT neighborhood have elevated and final year the nation created moves to criminalize homosexual sex.

“I consider it really is unfair to count on LGBT Indonesians to vote when we’re not even regarded as a component of this nation,” stated Amahl Sharif Azwar, a 32-year-old gay Indonesian freelance writer who lives in Thailand.