Two Camps of Presidential Candidates Express Optimism

JAKARTA ~

Since having cast their votes at polling stations during the presidential election, the two camps of presidential candidates are optimistic that they can win this contest.

“We hope that the election runs smoothly, securely, and peacefully, and there is no fraud and intimidation,” Prabowo Subianto remarked after casting his vote at a polling station in Bojong Koneng, Bogor, West Java.

We are looking forward to the leader elected by the people and will cheer for anyone who is elected by the people, Prabowo remarked.

“Look at this (voting) like Idul Fitri,” he added.

Optimism was also echoed by Executive Chairman of the Democratic Party Syarief Hasan. He believes that presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is ahead of Jokowi by around four percent.

“I believe that the Prabowo-Hatta pair has surpassed the Jokowi-JK duo by four percent,” Syarif Hasan claimed after exercising his franchise at polling booth number one, Widya Chandra, South Jakarta.

Syarief Hasan, the minister of cooperatives and small and medium enterprises, cast his ballot along with his wife, Inggrid Kansil, at 11 a.m. local time.

“I think Prabowo is ahead of Jokowi by around four percent,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Jokowi’s camp believes that the Jokowi-JK duo can win the presidential election.

Erico Sutardoga, an official from the campaign team for the Jokowi-JK candidate pair, expressed optimism that the Jokowi-JK pair is ahead of the Prabowo-Hatta duo by ten percent.

“At least a 10 percent lead, we did our best, but God is the one who decides. We believe in the people,” Sutardoga noted after casting his vote at polling station number 18 in Menteng, Wednesday.

“So, if we look at the survey results until July 4, we were leading. The volunteers also completed door-to-door campaigning in 11 provinces and 5,670 villages. Moreover, the debate on July 5 held in the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) stadium also yielded positive results and enthusiasm. It boosted our electability even further, at least 5 percent and maximum 10 percent,” he affirmed.

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto exercised his right to vote at a polling station in Bojong Koneng, Bogor, West Java, while Joko Widodo voted at polling station number 18 in Menteng, Central Jakarta.

Vice presidential candidate Hatta Rajasa and his wife, Okke Rajasa, cast their votes here on Wednesday morning at a polling station in Jejawi sub-district, South Sumatra.

Vice presidential candidate Jusuf Kalla voted at polling station number three in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his family also cast their vote at polling station number two in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java.

Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri cast her ballot at a polling station in Kebagusan, South Jakarta.

People enthusiastically queued up at the polling stations that opened since 7 a.m. local time in order to pick one of the two candidates.

Based on the data furnished by the General Elections Commission (KPU), about 188,268,423 people, including disabled, are registered voters in the presidential election.

High levels of interest among the people to cast their vote at polling stations have been reported from numerous areas, and various social media are abuzz with conversations about the implementation of the presidential election.

Earlier, the Jakarta Police on Tuesday night (July 8) until early morning has been conducting large-scale patrols in several areas that are considered prone to disruption of public order and security (Kantibmas).

The Jakarta Police deployed 22,101 personnel, which are assisted by 7,300 personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and 65,820 patrons of the society to secure 32,874 polling stations.

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