Arsianews, Jakarta – The Indonesian President Joko Widodo is heading for a new term in the world’s third-largest democracy, with three pollsters Wednesday showing a strong lead over rival retired general Prabowo Subianto, hours after polls closed across the archipelago of 17,000 islands.
While official results are not expected to be released until May, surveys by polling stations showed that Widodo received 55 per cent of the votes while Subianto received 44 per cent.
Millions of Indonesians voted in nearly 800,000 polling stations in one of the world’s largest democracy practices. Horses, elephants, motorcycles, boats and airplanes were used to distribute the ballot boxes across the vast country of hundreds of ethnic groups and languages.
More than 190 million voters have been invited to choose between outgoing Widodo, to whom many owe credit for the economic recovery accompanied by improved infrastructure, and his nationalist rival, known for his passionate speeches Subianto associated with the Suharto regime, which ruled the country for three decades.