Indonesia election: Prabowo continues to claim victory

A poster of presidential candidates (from left) Mr Joko Widodo, his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, Mr Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno is seen at a polling station in Jakarta, on April 17, 2019.
A poster of presidential candidates (from left) Mr Joko Widodo, his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, Mr Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno is seen at a polling station in Jakarta, on April 17, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, acknowledging that quick counts by independent pollsters have given him a clear edge over opponent Prabowo Subianto, repeated his call for supporters to be patient and wait for the official results of the April 17 presidential race.

Mr Joko told a press conference yesterday afternoon that unofficial tallies by 12 survey institutions point to him and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin winning 54.55 per cent of the vote to their opponents' 44.45 per cent.

On the other side of town, Mr Prabowo made another buoyant claim of victory - his third in two days.

He said he and his running mate Sandiaga Uno were the president and vice-president of Indonesia for 2019 to 2024, adding that his team's calculations showed him winning 62 per cent of the votes.

Correction note: This article's headline has been edited for accuracy.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2019, with the headline 'Indonesia election: Prabowo continues to claim victory'. Print Edition | Subscribe