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By : JG News Channel | on 6:05 PM April 12, 2017
Category : News, Jakarta, Politics

Golkar Plans Quick Count During Jakarta Gubernatorial Election Runoff

Jakarta. The Golkar Party plans to hold a quick count during the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on April 19.

Basri Baco, secretary of Golkar's Jakarta regional leadership board, said the result of the quick count will be made public within four hours after the voting ends.

He added that the goal was to gain fast and accurate voting results.

However, it is not certain whether the party will cooperate with any survey agencies on the quick count.

"We focus our efforts on ways to obtain accurate and fast information. Sometimes we see arguments between observers on social media or television, claiming victory for different candidate pairs, while the only reliable source is the KPU [General Elections Commission]," Basri said on Monday evening (10/04).

"However, the KPU needs at least one to two weeks to get accurate and valid numbers. Usually, there are quick count methods used by various survey institutions. So, based on that, Golkar Party tries to provide a real count method that we prepared thoroughly and which will be used at all polling stations," he added.

The method is deemed faster than the official count by the Jakarta Election Commission (KPUD), which is only released weeks after the election.

Golkar will also deploy between five and seven observers at every polling station in the capital.

The party also held a quick count during the first round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Feb. 15.

Incumbent Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama attended Monday's event at the Fairmont Hotel in Senayan, South Jakarta.

Ahok and his running mate, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, will face off against former education minister Anies Baswedan and businessman Sandiaga Uno.

Watch Indonesia Highlights at 8 p.m. tonight on the Jakarta Globe News Channel to find out more about the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election.

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