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Indonesia polls: Uncertainty reigns as both candidates claim victory

Published on Jul 9, 2014 7:21 PM
 
A polling centre official holds up a ballot during a tally of Indonesia's presidential election in Jakarta on July 9, 2014. Uncertainty reigned in Indonesia on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after both presidential candidates claimed victory in a hard-fought race, raising fears over possible violence by impatient supporters, as everyone must now wait for the official result that will be released only about two weeks later. -- PHOTO: AFP

With both presidential candidates claiming victory in a hard-fought race, uncertainty and fears over possible violence by impatient supporters threaten to mar an otherwise peaceful election, as the government appealed to both sides to hold off celebrations till the official result that will be finalised only about two weeks later.

It is also possible that the official result itself - to be announced on July 21 or 22 - might still not end the matter, as the loser could bring his complaint to the Constitutional Court that he was unfairly robbed of victory. The court could take till end-August to make a decision, according to political analysts.

The unofficial result using the 'quick count' method by several organisations - which have been used accurately to predict past legislative and presidential elections - showed that Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla, a former vice president, had won by a narrow margin, of between 4 and 5 percentage points.

Mr Joko declared victory.

 
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