Most Indonesians living in Singapore voted for Joko Widodo, official results show

Indonesian election officials counting postal votes from Indonesian voters in Singapore at the Indonesian embassy on July 14. -- PHOTO: INDONESIAN EMBASSY IN SINGAPORE 
Indonesian election officials counting postal votes from Indonesian voters in Singapore at the Indonesian embassy on July 14. -- PHOTO: INDONESIAN EMBASSY IN SINGAPORE 
Indonesian election officials counting postal votes from Indonesian voters in Singapore at the Indonesian embassy on July 14. -- PHOTO: INDONESIAN EMBASSY IN SINGAPORE
Indonesian election officials counting postal votes from Indonesian voters in Singapore at the Indonesian embassy on July 14. -- PHOTO: INDONESIAN EMBASSY IN SINGAPORE

JAKARTA - Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko Widodo garnered four times as many votes than his contender Prabowo Subianto did from Indonesians living in Singapore, official results have shown.

Mr Joko of the Indonesian Democratic Party - Struggle (PDI-P) had 79.25 per cent of the votes, while Mr Prabowo of the Gerindra party, had slightly more than 20 per cent, according to the manual count done by Indonesian overseas election committee at the embassy on Monday.

About 22,000 Indonesians cast their ballots at the embassy in Chatsworth Road on July 6, while about 16,000 others exercised their voting rights by post.

Indonesian voters in Singapore were among two million registered overseas voters who cast ballots between July 4 and July 6 to pick the seventh president of South-east Asia's biggest economy and the country with the world's largest Muslim population.

Indonesia's election commission in Jakarta will announce its manual count of all votes by July 22. At least six credible pollsters have said Mr Joko won by about 5 percentage points, based on a quick counts method. Mr Prabowo, however, has maintained he won the election by quick counts, citing three other less credible pollsters.

Mr Mirza Nurhidayat, head of overseas election committee in Singapore, said they used a barcode system in Singapore to boost safety and prevent a possible tampering for those who voted directly at the embassy as well as by mail.

Each vote sent by mail had a barcode containing information of individual voters that match with the list of registered voters, Mr Mirza added.

The manual counting at the embassy was witnessed by volunteers who support each of the two presidential candidates as well as Indonesian election supervisory agency officials.

The results were endorsed by all witnesses who attended the counting process.

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