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STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT. Jakarta. Democratic Party Secretary General Hinca Panjaitan expressed belief that the Prabowo-Sandi pair will clinch “positive results” in the final minutes before the presidential race takes shape on Apr 17 over several pollsters’ survey results.
“In a match of soccer, despite the opponent team leading in the second round, avoid making presumptions of the final result until the whistle is blown by the referee. More often than not, one can see last-minute goals being the game changers,” he informed journalists here on Wednesday.
Panjaitan delivered his statement while responding to the Indikator Politik Indonesia’s latest survey that places the Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma’ruf Amin pair far ahead of the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair in terms of electability.
This pollster’s survey showed that the Jokowi-Amin pair secured 55.4 percent of the votes, while the Prabowo-Sandi pair only managed to gain 37.4 percent votes, while the number of undecided voters reached 7.2 percent of the respondents.
Panjaitan was quick to caution all that goals could perhaps be clocked in the final minutes prior to the presidential race, adding that such impromptu goals could swing the result in favor of Prabowo.
Instances of a campaign team member found to be involved in unlawful deeds or a statement made that needed to be rectified thereafter could all work in favor of the Prabowo-Sandi pair to emerge as the dark horse in the final minutes.
Making all-out efforts to bolster the chances of the Prabowo-Sandi camp’s victory in the upcoming presidential race, some 22 thousand legislative candidates of the Democratic Party have been striving tirelessly to get elected and to strengthen the vote bank for the presidential candidate number 02, Panjaitan stated. On Apr 17, some 192 million eligible voters across Indonesia will exercise their voting rights.
The voters will cast their ballots for their representatives at the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), as well as provincial and district/city legislative bodies. The voters will additionally have to vote for their preferred presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs.
Indonesians residing or traveling abroad too can vote in places outlined by the local election committees at the Indonesian embassies, consulate generals, and consulates. With the due date drawing to a close, legislative candidates of several participating political parties appear to be pushing all efforts and resources to approach community members, who are eligible voters, including millennials, who are generally voting for the first time.
The Jokowi-Amin and Prabowo-Sandi pairs appear to be emulating the same strategy to expand their respective voter base (https://en.antaranews.com/news/123078/democratic-party-confident-of-prabowo-sandi-outshining-in-last-minutes).
Meantime, Executive Director of pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia, Burhanuddin Muhtadi, claims Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s presidential election electability is not affected by the graft case of United Development Party (PPP) chairman Romahurmuziy (Romy).
“In regards of the PPP chairman graft case, it seems that it has not significantly affected Jokowi. Maybe because a dissociation factor where the PPP chairman is not in direct communication with the incumbent presidential candidate,” said Burhanuddin in presenting his survey at the organization’s headquarters on Wednesday.
Romahurmuziy (Romy PPP) was recently apprehended by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in one of its notorious sting operations (OTT) at the Religious Affairs Ministry headquarters. PPP is one of many coalition parties that back Jokowi’s presidential candidacy.
According to one of its surveys on March 2019, the electability of Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin is 55.4 percent over Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno’s 37.4 percent. However, Burhanuddin reminded that it does not definitively place Jokowi in a safe spot considering the existence of swing voters that might change the current condition.
Indikator Politik Indonesia saw 11.3 percent of swing voters could affect Jokowi’s electability while there are 12.8 percent possible swing voters on Prabowo Subianto’s side. The pollster’s survey has a 2.9 percent margin of error with a 95 percent level of confidence from multistage random sampling on 1,220 respondents (https://en.tempo.co/read/1192196/jokowis-electability-unhurt-by-romy-ppp-graft-case-survey).
Meanwhile, senior politic analyst and law practioner, Airla in Jakarta said, all of political parties which will give their support to Prabowo’s will get political benefit after the next general election, because Prabowo will win on the political race.
“I think Indikator Politik Indonesia survey’s result does not be trusted because the people have their political confident that after Rommy’s graft case, they will understand that Jokowi has failured to tackle cronical and critism problems such as corruption, because corruption rate in Indonesia during Jokowi’s tenure has been made Indonesia’s popularity sorrow abroad,” said Airla (Red).