Jokowi`s electability still ahead of Prabowo: Survey

Jokowi`s electability still ahead of Prabowo: Survey

The campaign of presidential candidate pairs and vice president of Indonesia, Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa (left) and Joko Widodo-M. Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK). (ANTARA/Rahmad)

The number of swing voters, which is said to be around 20 to 30 percent of the eligible voters in Indonesia ..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Presidential candidate Joko Widodos (Jokowis) electability still exceeds that of his competitor, Prabowo Subianto, with a 3.6 percent difference, noted a survey conducted by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) here on Monday.

According to the survey conducted on July 2 to 5, Jokowi and his running mate earned 47.8 percent votes, while Prabowo and his vice presidential candidate, Hatta Rajasa, earned 44.2 percent.

However, LSIs researcher, Fitri Hari, noted that the latest survey result was not a true reflection of the official result of the presidential election as there were 8 percent undecided or swing voters.

"The number of swing voters, which is said to be around 20 to 30 percent of the eligible voters in Indonesia, can play a role in deciding who will win the presidential election. The election result can also be affected by political maneuvers employed by presidential candidates or their campaign teams during the silent week before July 9," Fitri added.

Indonesia will be organizing a free and democratic presidential election on July 9, 2014, which will be contested by only two pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates: Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa and Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla (JK).

Prabowo Subianto is a retired military general and the founder of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), while his running mate, Hatta Rajasa, is a former coordinating minister for economic affairs and the chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN).

Jokowi is Jakartas governor and a cadre of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), while his running mate, JK, is a former vice president and a senior politician of the Golkar Party.

The Prabowo-Hatta pair is supported by Gerindra, PAN, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the United Development Party (PPP), the Democratic Party, the Crescent and Star Party (PBB), and the Golkar Party, whose current chairman is Aburizal Bakrie, the owner of TV One.

The Jokowi-JK pair is supported by five political parties: PDIP, the Nation Awakening Party (PKB), the Peoples Conscience Party (Hanura), the Justice and Indonesian Unity Party (PKPI), and the National Democrat Party (Nasdem) established by Surya Paloh, the owner of Metro TV and the Media Indonesia newspaper.

(Reporting by Monalisa/translating and editing by Amie Fenia Arimbi/INE/KR-BSR/A014)