Jakarta: Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has revealed that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other world leaders praised Wednesday's simultaneous general and presidential elections.
"It was impressive and very complicated. There were more than 800 thousand polling stations across thousands of islands," Jokowi said here on Thursday.
"The participation rate was around 80 percent. Other countries were awed by our success," Jokowi noted.
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.
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.
"It was one of the most complicated elections in the world. We held presidential and legislative elections on the same day," National Police head General Tito Karnavian told a press conference earlier today.
"We should respected the election process. We should avoid any illegal actions," he added.