Indonesian elections 2014: Unofficial results show Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo leading Prabo
Indonesian elections 2014: Unofficial results show Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo leading Prabowo Subianto in presidential vote

By Greg Jennett in Jakarta, staff

Updated 7 hours 18 minutes ago

Jakarta governor Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo appears to be on track to become Indonesia's seventh president, after more than 180 million voters cast their ballots in the country's presidential election.

But his rival, former general Prabowo Subianto, is refusing to accept defeat in early counting, despite a clear trend in sample results indicating Mr Widodo is in the lead.

Sample counts of up to one million votes by eight reputable polling companies show the same trend: Mr Widodo with about 52 per cent of the vote, and Mr Subianto with around 48 per cent.

Video: Jokowi edges ahead (Lateline)
These are samples, not the full official count, which is still a month away from being declared.

Mr Subianto has told supporters they need to "monitor the real count and guard this victory" - asserting that he can still win.

Mr Widodo also addressed supporters and gave examples of the quick count results which show him in the lead, but stopped short of formally declaring his own victory.

He appeared relaxed and confident as he paid his respects to his rival, saying Mr Subianto should be revered as a national figure and as a patriot.

Mr Widodo earlier appeared on national television with his party chairwoman Megawati Sukarnoputri to thank supporters.

He called for the electoral process to be allowed to "go fairly without any intervention and dishonesty".

Video: Indonesia correspondent, George Roberts (Lateline)
The quick count sample method used in the exit polls has proven reliable in the past, although the official declaration by the electoral commission is still a month away.

Wednesday's elections were a massive undertaking, with 185 million voters lodging their votes across 6,000 inhabited islands.

A national public holiday was declared to allow people to vote in 470,000 polling booths across the nation.

Before election day, polls showed Mr Subianto, a former Suharto-era general who is accused of human rights violations, almost closing the gap on Mr Widodo.

Australia's relationship with new leader to be trickier

The election comes at a time when Australia is yet to fully resolve tensions with Indonesia over spying and asylum seeker boat turn-backs.

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Experts warn Indonesia's relationship with Australia is likely to be more difficult, as both candidates are more nationalist than outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Professor Aleksius Jemadu, dean of political sciences at Pelita Harapan University in Jakarta, says voters weighed up two distinctly different styles.

"Look at how Jokowi, Joko Widodo, make his campaign - he presents himself as a humble leader, more people oriented," Professor Jemadu said.

But there is also a sense that Indonesians want a firmer hand after a decade of Mr Yudhoyono in power.

"The Prabowo campaign, the emphasis is on high-profile, the leader of a strong nation. There's a lot to be proud of Indonesia and that's why he emphasises more on the nationalistic overtones of his campaign of his foreign policy as well," Professor Jemadu said.

Associate Professor Greg Fealy from the Australian National University says that whoever wins, Australia's relationship with Indonesia is set to become trickier.

"I think it's going to require the Australian Government to rethink its approach to Indonesia and it's going to have to factor in the likelihood that a future Indonesian government is far less likely to forgive Australia," Professor Fealy said.

"Neither of the two candidates in the current presidential election in Indonesia are as statesman-like and both of them have a far more overtly nationalist agenda and so that is likely to spell trouble if Australia is perceived as acting unilaterally or being heedless of Indonesia's desires.

"[Joko Widodo] is a more stable person in his personality and he's more pragmatic and I think more measured in his approach to difficult policy issues ... Prabowo Subianto is a much more difficult person to predict because his range of behaviour is far wider and he's extremely temperamental."

Diubah oleh Ma_79 10-07-2014 02:03
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