Experts have paid attention in Indonesia’s most populous island of Java, where more than half of Indonesia’s population lives. The victory of Widodo’s allies hint high approval ratings for his re-elections.
Unofficial counts from West Java province showed former Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil leads in the gubernatorial race after securing around 32 percent of the vote. The province is the country’s biggest electorate, which also registers the highest unemployment rate.
In East Java, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, who is also supported by PDI-P and several parties, including the Democrat Party established by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was in apparent lead to win the race.
enter The National Election Commission is expected to announce official results on July 9.
In North Sumatera, home to Indonesia’s second largest city of Medan, retired Army general Edy Rahmayadi is likely to come out as the winner.
Parties backing the potential winner are Gerindra, the Golkar Party, the Democratic Party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) and the National Democratic Party (Nasdem). The latter two are supporters of Widodo in 2014 presidential election.
Edy and his running mate Musa Rajekshah led the race, while rival Djarot Saiful Hidayat and running mate Sihar Storus are likely to be defeated. Djarot, who was the deputy governor in Jakarta during Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama era, was backed by PDI-P and the National Development Party (PPP).
South Sulawesi’s pair Nurdin Abdullah-Andi Sudirman Sulaiman is likely to win the election in the province.
Abdullah was the district head of Bantaeng, South Sulawesi, for two periods in a row from 2008 to 2018.
The pair is supported by a unique coalition of PDIP, PKS and PAN.