Indonesia's President Joko Widodo leads presidential vote, official count shows

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo leads presidential vote, official count shows


JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo is on course to win a second term as he led his challenger by about 12 percentage points midway through an official tally of votes, confirming earlier results from about a dozen private pollsters.

Mr Joko, also known as Jokowi, secured 56.2 per cent of the votes, compared to 43.8 per cent polled by his challenger Prabowo Subianto, with 50 per cent of the ballots tallied, the General Elections Commission said, citing an online count of votes cast in the April 17 election.

The authority has until May 22 to complete the counting of the ballot papers.

The validation of the tally from private pollsters may be a blow to former Suharto-era general Prabowo, as he has disputed the unofficial counts to claim a win.

While Mr Joko has urged people to be patient and wait for the election commission to complete the counting of ballots, Mr Prabowo has claimed "massive fraud" in the election, a charge the government termed as "unfounded" and meant to "de-legitimise the government and election organisers".

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