Jakarta: Vice President Jusuf Kalla is confident that incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin will comfortably win the presidential election.
"They could get (62 percent votes). They should work harder," the former Golkar Party chairman told the press on Tuesday.
"According to survey, their electability is still below target. Nevertheless, nothing is impossible," Kalla noted.
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Kalla cannot run as vice presidential candidate this year. He has served as vice president twice, once during former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's first term and now with Jokowi.
The 2017 Elections Law prohibits a president and vice president from seeking a third term in office. The Constitutional Court has rejected a judicial review against the regulation.
Indonesia will hold its first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters will elect the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
According to the official data, as many as 192 million people will be eligible to vote this year. In addition to that, around 800 thousand polling stations will be opened on the voting day.
In the 2009 general elections, the participation rate stood at 71 percent. Five years later, the participation rate rose to 74 percent.
A recent survey from Roy Morgan shows that the incumbent is set for a comfortable re-election in April’s Presidential Election. This Morgan Poll on Indonesian Presidential and Parliamentary voting intention was conducted in January 2019 with an Indonesian-wide cross-section of 1,039 electors aged 17 or more and in December 2018 with an Indonesian-wide cross-section of 1,045 electors aged 17 or more.
According to the survey, the incumbent had the support of 58% of electors in January. It was up by 5% from the 2014 Indonesian Presidential Election.
On the other hand, opposition leader Prabowo Subianto had the support of 42% of electors in January. It was down 5% from the previous presidential election.