Professional Indonesia watchers not looking at a Prabowo win this coming election


Indonesian political scientists at Singapore’s ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute do not think the presidential candidate challenger, Prabowo Subianto, will win the election on Wednesday, April 17.

Jokowi likely to come out victorious

At a question-and-answer session after a pre-election seminar at the think tank, a member of the audience asked the panel of experts for their predictions for the election results based on their study and insight.

Budi Irawanto, a Visiting Fellow at the Indonesia Studies Programme at the Singapore-based ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, said the incumbent, Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, will win the election.

The issue is how big of a margin that will be.

He also estimated the margin to be a maximum of 10 percent, which is slightly lower than what popularity surveys have indicated so far.

This is due to ground sentiments from local volunteers, who say chances of a victory are 50-50, despite them saying they are confident of a huge victory during their election campaign.

Made Supriatma, also a visiting fellow at the same programme, said he would try putting his answer “diplomatically” after laughter from the audience: “There is no evidence whatsoever for now that Jokowi will lose the election.”

Both Iranwato

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