Jakarta: Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has explained that quick count is a proven method for predicting the result of an election.
"In the previous elections, its accuracy is around 99 percent, almost similar with the official result," he said here on Thursday.
"Quick count surveys from 12 polling agencies predicted that Jokowi-Maruf would get 54.5 percent of the votes," he noted.
Nevertheless, he underlined that the General Elections Commission (KPU) is the one which has authority to declare the winner of the presidential race. As the result, he urged his supporters to wait for KPU's official announcement.
On Thursday afternoon, the former Jakarta governor suddenly gathered the leaders of his coalition parties. Held at a restaurant in Central Jakarta, the meeting reportedly talked about the recent political situations in the country.
According to reports, the meeting was attended PDI Perjuangan chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri, NasDem chairman Surya Paloh, PKB chairman Muhaimin Iskandar, Golkar Party chairman Airlangga Hartarto, PPP chairman Suharso Monoarfa, PSI chairwoman Grace Natalie, Perindo Party Chairman Hary Tanoesoedibjo, PKPI chairman Diaz Hendropriyono and PBB chairman Yusril Ihza Mahendra. In addition, vice presidential candidate Ma'ruf Amin as well as Jokowi-Maruf National Campaign Team head Erick Thohir also attended the meeting.
"Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Turksih President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised our elections. Other 22 world leaders also congratulated us," Jokowi revealed.
"It was impressive and very complicated. There were more than 800 thousand polling stations across thousands of islands," Jokowi remarked.
Indonesia held its first-ever simultaneous general and presidential elections yesterday. Voters elected the president, vice president and members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
Based on the official data from the General Elections Commission (KPU), as many as 192 million people were eligible to vote this year. In the meantime, more than 800 thousand polling stations were open across the country.
On the election day, the polling stations were guarded by 270 thousand police officers and 70 thousand military personnel. In addition to that, police and military were assisted by 1.6 million community protection (linmas) officers.