Ahok and Djarot Graceful in Defeat

Incumbent Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama, center, and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat, right, address the media during a press conference following the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday (19/04). (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

By : Dames Alexander Sinaga | on 7:04 PM April 19, 2017
Category : News, Jakarta, Featured

Jakarta. Incumbents Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Syaiful Hidayat have congratulated rivals Anies Rasyid Baswedan and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno on their victory in the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday (19/04).

"I congratulate Anies-Sandi, although we are still waiting for the real count from the KPUD [Jakarta General Elections Commission]," Djarot said during a press conference at the Pullman Hotel in Central Jakarta.

Djarot said the Anies-Sandi victory was based on the quick count results by multiple pollsters. Although it is highly unlikely to change the outcome, he said his team will wait for the official result, based on manual counting by the Jakarta KPUD.

He urged his supporters to remain calm and maintain harmony and unity in Jakarta.

Incumbent Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama arrives for a press conference following the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday (19/04). (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) Incumbent Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama arrives for a press conference following the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday (19/04). (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

"We really felt the struggle among the volunteers and the people who have voted for us. We have appreciation for the people of Jakarta who have brought out their votes peacefully," Djarot said.

He also stressed that he and Ahok will keep working hard to complete their unfinished programs and developments in Jakarta as they will remain in office until October this year.

Ahok meanwhile expressed his appreciation for the efforts by security officials, the KPUD, Jakarta Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), all supporting political parties and volunteers.

"The one who has been chosen [to be governor], is the choice of God. God gives power and God also takes it away," he said.

"Jakarta is our home, no matter who governs it. Let's all forget the hustle and bustle during the campaign season and maintain harmony in our hometown."

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