Jakarta (ANTARA) - Political researcher at the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Firman Noor, urged participants contesting in the 2024 General Election to not spread negative narratives about the quick count results.

In a phone call with ANTARA here on Monday, Noor appealed to all parties to realize a safe and conducive situation after the voting day on February 14 by not spreading triggering narratives that provoke controversies in the community.

"There is no need to panic, get angry, and let us just prepare evidence if there are allegations of cheating," he affirmed.

He explained further that all legislative candidates and supporters of presidential and vice presidential candidates in the election should not spread negative narratives on the quick count results conducted by several survey institutions.

According to Noor, if election participants find allegations of cheating, they can take the "elegant" path or the legal way based on the prevailing laws.

He reminded that such lawful approach falls under the realm of political education for the public. By following the proper path, the public will be more accepting of the election results.

"Let us prepare evidence in the court, so all problems and their chronologies can be revealed," he stated.

Noor also advised all parties to wait for the official vote recapitulation result from the General Elections Commission (KPU), especially the votes from the presidential election, and not be trapped in negative debates on who would win the election.

Meanwhile, an exit poll conducted by research company Indikator Politik Indonesia showed that presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Gibran Rakabuming Raka are leading the general elections.

The quick count results also showed that the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) dominated in the 2024 Legislative Election by winning 16.68 percent of the votes.

On February 14, voters cast their ballots to elect the president, vice president, and members of the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), and Regional Legislative Councils (DPRD) at the provincial, city, and district levels.

Eligible voters across the country number 204,807,222 people.

The KPU will recap all official vote counts until March 20.

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