JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Pair of Joko Widodo – Ma’ruf Amin has won 2019 president election, according to the Indonesian election commission’ official count released this morning. The incumbent polled 55.50 percent of the total national votes against 44.50 percent for their challenger, Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno
The official result confirmed unofficial counts by private pollsters of the April 17 election, giving Widodo a comfortable victory though it could trigger a legal challenge and potential street protests after Subianto claimed widespread cheating.
General Election Commission (GEC) reported Widodo – Amin won with over 85 million of the total 154 million votes cast in the world’s third-largest democracy. There was no immediate reaction from him or his campaign team.
Of the total 34 provinces, the pair won in 21 provinces and the opposition won in 13 provinces. Widodo-Amin earned 85,036,828 votes, Subianto-Uno won 68,442,493 votes. The difference between the two reached 16,594,335 votes.
The incumbent win in a number of areas such as Papua, West Papua, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, Bali, Bangka Belitung, Yogyakarta, Lampung, East Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Central Java, East Nusa Tenggara, East Java , Riau Islands, Maluku, Gorontalo, North Sumatra, and Jakarta.
While, the opposition won in Bengkulu, South Kalimantan, North Maluku, Jambi, South Sumatra, Southeast Sulawesi, West Sumatra, Banten, Aceh, NTB, West Java, South Sulawesi, and Riau provinces.
Witnesses for Subianto‘ campaign team and the leading opposition party refused to sign and validate the official results, which were announced more than a day earlier than expected after the GEC worked into the early hours of Tuesday to finish the vote count.
“This is a moral monument that we never give up to fight injustice, to fight fraud, to fight arbitrariness, to fight lies, and to fight any action that will harm democracy,” said Azis Subekti, a witness from opposition’ campaign team.
It was not immediately clear if Subianto would mount a legal challenge to the official result.
At the meantime, authorities have tightened security in anticipation of potential civil unrest and have detained dozens of militant Islamists suspected of planning attacks to create mayhem during demonstrations.
Police rolled out barbed wire and readied armored trucks and water cannons around the election commission. They have also prevented people from across Indonesia traveling to Jakarta en masse to join protests.
Subianto has said the situation could trigger “people power”-style protests while the government and police have urged protesters to keep the peace and vowed action against anyone stirring unrest. The national police have also held or interrogated at least three leading opposition figures for suspected treason.
The losing party can lodge a legal challenge at the constitutional court. Otherwise, the commission will officially declare the winner by May 28. Subianto has not yet confirmed if he intends to go to court but his challenge to his 2014 defeat by Widodo was rejected.
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