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.
A logistical feat spanning mountains and jungles
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.