Widodo secures second term as Indonesia’s president
In the 2014 elections, Jokowi won 23 out of 33 provinces. This time, of the 154 million votes cast, Widodo won with over 85 million votes. The KPU cannot officially declare the winner by May 28 as Prabowo is set to challenge the election result in the Constitutional Court.
Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo retained his title with a historic win in Indonesia’s general election. He gained 55.5 percent of vote share against his challenger, retired General Prabowo Subianto. The official vote count released on May 21 showed that Prabowo gained just 44.5 percent of the vote share.
Joko Widodo—popularly known as Jokowi—is a former businessman who entered politics 14 years ago. Jokowi promised his people that he would create 100 million jobs if re-elected; his goal was to boost Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
Indonesians voted in the country’s biggest ever election on April 17. This was the world’s most complicated one-day election. The presidential and parliamentary elections were held on the same day for the first time. Indonesians had to choose from over 2,50,000 candidates for 20,538 legislative seats in a span of only six hours.
The country’s General Elections Commision—Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU)—confirmed the unofficial counts carried out by private pollsters. Out of the 154 million votes cast, Widodo won with over 85 million votes.
After the results were announced, authorities tightened security in anticipation of civil unrest. They have detained militant Islamists suspected of planning attacks. Around the KPU, police rolled out barbed wire and readied armoured trucks and water cannons.
“He cheated”, says Prabowo
Prabowo’s campaign team refused to sign and validate the official results. Azis Subekti, a witness from Prabowo's campaign team said to Reuters, "We won't give up in the face of this injustice, cheating, lies, and these actions against democracy.”
Independent observers and analysts say that the poll was free and fair. Bawaslu—an election supervisory agency—dismissed claims of systematic cheating due to lack of evidence.
The KPU cannot officially declare the winner by May 28. According to Reuters, Prabowo’s campaign team official Sufmi Dasco said on May 21 that Prabowo is set to challenge the election result in the Constitutional Court.
In the 2014 elections, Jokowi won 23 out of 33 provinces. Prabowo was defeated by a mere six percentage points. He also lost a similar challenge against Widodo in court after the 2014 election.