Indonesia’s big rematch

Results of surveys called into question

Ballot paper samples seen at a printing press in Jakarta on Feb 7, ahead of Indonesia's upcoming general elections to be held on April 17, 2019.
Ballot paper samples seen at a printing press in Jakarta on Feb 7, ahead of Indonesia's upcoming general elections to be held on April 17, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

As election fever heats up, Indonesia has gone poll-crazy, as survey firms take to the ground to predict who will emerge victorious in the April 17 presidential race.

And if the slew of closely-watched pre-election surveys by no less than 10 organisations is anything to go by, the big rematch between the incumbent Joko Widodo and his old rival Prabowo Subianto is the President's to lose.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline 'Results of surveys called into question'. Print Edition | Subscribe