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Jakarta election heads toward run-off

Joko Widodo, a central Javanese mayor, gains 44 percent of the vote, falling short of the 51 percent mandate

A Jakarta citizen casts her vote during yesterday's gubernatorial elections (Photo by Ryan Dagur) A Jakarta citizen casts her vote during yesterday's gubernatorial elections (Photo by Ryan Dagur)
  • ucanews.com reporters, Jakarta
  • Indonesia
  • July 12, 2012
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Jakarta’s gubernatorial race will go to a run-off election, after no candidate received the 51 percent mandate during yesterday's vote.

The top two candidates, incumbent governor Fauzi Bowo and Joko Widodo, will compete again on September 20.

Early results from yesterday's election indicated Widodo, the mayor of Solo in Central Java, won 43 percent of the vote. Bowo came in second with 33 percent. Four other candidates also ran yesterday.

Widodo, who is supported by the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) and the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), said he will embrace non-party voters to support him.

“We will just apply a small strategy, since a big strategy needs a lot of money, and we don’t have much money,” he said.

According to exit polls, the majority of Widodo’s voters are ethnic Javanese and Chinese, who are mostly Christians. Supporters of Fauzi Bowo are generally Betawi, the second largest ethnic group of Jakarta, and Muslims. The governor is supported by the ruling Democratic Party.

Official results of the first round of voting will be announced later this month.

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