July 11, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Indonesia’s third direct presidential election was held on Wednesday 9 July 2014.[i] Indonesia has a population of 251,857,940, which makes it the world’s third largest democracy.[ii] Coupled with it being Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, the stakes for the election are significant. There were two candidates contending for the Office of President: Joko WIDODO (popularly known as JOKOWI), a fifty-three year old former furniture businessman and mayor and current Governor of Jakarta; and PRABOWO Subianto, who was a general under the authoritarian President SUHARTO. There were over 190,307,134 registered voters for the election and turnout was expected to be high.[iii][iv]Unofficial “quick counts” have shown the race to be extremely close. Both candidates have declared themselves the winner.[v] Indonesia’s General Election Commission (KPU) is due to announce official results on 22 July 2014.[vi]