Jakarta: Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked his supporters to maintain unity after today's simultaneous general and presidential elections.
"After the elections, as brothers and sisters, we need to maintain our unity," he said here on Wednesday.
Almost all quick count surveys showed that the incumbent is the likely winner of the 2019 presidential race. The former Jakarta governor explained that the official result is still being calculated by election organizers.
"All of us can see the quick count results. But we should be patient. Let's wait for the official result," he noted.
Indonesia held its first-ever simultaneous general and presidential elections today. Voters elected the president, vice president and members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
According to 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.
According to reports, 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.
This year, 16 national political parties took part on a national level. In Aceh, Four local political parties took part on a provincial level.
Similar with 2014, the 2019 presidential race was contested by Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto. Five years ago, Jokowi won 53 percent of the votes against the opposition leader.
Jokowi cast his vote at the Gambir 008 polling station (TPS Gambir 008) in Central Jakarta on Wednesday morning. He arrived at the polling station at 10:25 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB).
At the polling station, Jokowi was accompanied by First Lady Iriana Widodo. After casting their vote, the couple went back to the Presidential Palace Complex.