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2 Indonesia pollsters that predicted Prabowo election win censured after refusing audit

Published on Jul 16, 2014 7:43 PM
An Indonesian official checking election materials at a local election office in Jakarta on July 7, 2014. Indonesians vote on July 9, in the country's most pivotal presidential election since the downfall of dictator Suharto, with Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and an ex-general with a chequered human rights record in a tight race. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Two Indonesian polling agencies that predicted a win for candidate Prabowo Subianto in last week's bitterly fought presidential election were on Wednesday expelled from the main industry body after refusing to undergo an audit.

Seven polling agencies whose unofficial tallies showed his rival, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, leading were audited and declared sound, said the body that represents many of Indonesia's survey institutes.

Both candidates have declared victory in the tightest and most divisive presidential election since the downfall of dictator Suharto in 1998, basing their claims on tallies from different pollsters.

Official results are not expected until Tuesday, as some 130 million votes are counted by hand across the world's third-biggest democracy.

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