Indonesia elections: PDI-P tipped to win big at the polls

Jokowi's party expected to win at least 25% of the popular vote

Members of the university student regiment, known as Menwa, holding a rally at the Welcome Monument yesterday to encourage people to vote in a bid to reverse declining voter turnout. While the final election results will be known only in a month, quick counts of a sample of representative polling stations nationwide by several pollsters will give an idea of how many of the 186 million eligible voters cast their ballot, and how they voted, by tomorrow afternoon. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

ABOUT 6,600 candidates vying for 560 seats in the national Parliament have travelled across their constituencies, made fiery speeches and told voters why they deserve a seat in the House for the next five years.

As Indonesians head to the polls tomorrow, observers and the media have, to a man, billed former president Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party - Struggle (PDI-P) as the leading party by a long shot.

What they want to know is how big its margin of victory will be. Most credible opinion polls expect the PDI-P to win at least 25 per cent of the popular vote after it named popular Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as its presidential candidate. Many also see the peaceful election and transition of government as another boost for Indonesia's maturing democracy.

"If PDI-P wins, then one of the milestones of Indonesia's democratic consolidation has been achieved," said Jakarta's Centre for Strategic and International Studies analyst Philips Vermonte.

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