Indonesia election: High voter turnout may have lifted Prabowo's numbers, say observers

Mr Prabowo Subianto's supporters are most likely to be "Jokowi haters" than "Prabowo admirers", said Dr Budi Irawanto.
Mr Prabowo Subianto's supporters are most likely to be "Jokowi haters" than "Prabowo admirers", said Dr Budi Irawanto.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

JAKARTA • Higher than expected enthusiasm among voters at Wednesday's presidential election in Indonesia has prompted its elections commission to make the optimistic forecast that turnout would exceed its target of 77.5 per cent.

This came as a surprise in a country where voter participation has been declining steadily, ahead of an election where abstention rates were expected to reach new highs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2019, with the headline 'High voter turnout may have lifted Prabowo's numbers: Observers'. Print Edition | Subscribe