Haggling may be necessary as PDI-P fall short of target


Although official results won’t be released until 9th May it does not look as though the Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle (PDI-P) has not received enough votes for their Presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the popular Governor of Jakarta, to stand alone in the presidential election slated for 9th July.

The rules for presidential elections are clear, only parties or coalitions controlling 20% of the People’s Representative Council (DPR) seats or winning 25% of the popular vote in the parliamentary elections will be eligible to nominate a candidate. Unofficial results give the PDI-P around 19.7% of the vote. If this turns out to be correct then the PDI-P will have to form a coalition with one or more other parties to put up a candidate. Inevitably that also means haggling about policies which will leave the eventual winner less room to manoeuvre in government.

The unofficial results put The Party of the Functional Groups or Golkar on 14.6% of the vote and the Great Indonesia Movement Party or Gerindra on 11.9%. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party (PD) appears to have done a little better than the opinion polls suggest and took 9.7%.

It should be stressed that these are unofficial results based upon exit polls conducted by Lingkaran Survei Indonesia and as reported in the Jakarta Globe.

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