JAKARTA, PINUS PRESS - Joko Widodo, the incumbent Indonesian president, is forecasted by multiple independent polling stations, which is known as quick counts, to be winning the 2019 Indonesian election. Quick counts by Jakarta-based Polltracking Indonesia gave Jokowi a 11 percent lead over the former army general, while the Indikator gave him a 7 percent margin of victory, the smallest of all the pollster. The counts are based on more than 95 percent of the ballot data targeted for sampling by pollsters.
Jokowi, the popular name of Mr Joko, made an announcement during a press briefing that he has won after receiving 54% of the vote. Widodo said close to 100% of sample polling stations had been counted. In previous elections, the quick counts have proved to be reliable and accurate. Official result was to be announced by May 22.
Widodo told reporters he had received congratulatory calls from 22 state leaders, including Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and he had invited his rival to meet. Jokowi also said he had sent a representative to talk to Prabowo and his camp.
“This afternoon I have sent an envoy to meet Prabowo to set a meeting, and if people see our meeting, we will be able to show how the elections have ended smoothly, safely and peacefully,” he said.
However, Jokowi still urged supporters to wait for official results. At a separate press conference, Prabowo declared victory and claimed that his team has found evidence of cheating.
"We have declared (victory) because we got evidence of widespread cheating at the village, sub-district and district levels across Indonesia," he said.
Previously, Prabowo had also claimed the same thing in the 2014 election before contesting the result at the Constitutional Court which ruled in favour of Jokowi’s victory.