In short, Jokowi won the Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU) “Real Count” with around 53% to 46% of the popular vote, surpassing the original quick count predictions. While Prabowo continues to say he is gathering evidence to take the KPU verdict to the constitutional court, claiming rampant voter fraud amounting to around 8.5 million votes (votes, if handed over to him, would conveniently close the margin between him & Jokowi), the rest of Indonesia and the world seems happy with the election result. The Jakarta Globe keeps proudly touting how positively financial markets have responded to Jokowi’s win, while at celebratory rallies the president elects’ campaign volunteers and general supporters call for a new era of self-empowerment and active civic engagement among the masses to keep the populist momentum going. With two different portions of society who have opposing self-interests both hailing the electoral success of the humble furniture maker from the riverbank slums of Solo, we’ll have to wait and see which way Jokowi swings as time goes on.
A somewhat dense and unclear, if out of context, Jakarta Post report on the KPU reaction to reports of voter fraud and manipulation coming out of various parts of Indonesia. A few scattered quotes were contributed by yours truly.
It was the last week of the legally sanctioned month-long campaign period for both presidential candidates Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto. I had the opportunity to assist a Jakarta Post reporter cover this final stretch, which amounted to a blur of stump speeches, an absurd amount of tobacco consumption by the nicotine fiends that make up most of Jokowi’s press following, and waiting—so much waiting—only to be swiftly punctuated by the candidate’s unpredictable departure and arrival times; transitions that were always accompanied by hyper-energetic mobs of people clamoring to get even just a glimpse of Indonesia’s only rising populist reformist politician.
Jokowi greets supporters in Sukabumi on his way to meet an influential religious figure