Jakarta. Chairman of the General Elections Commission, or KPU, Juri Ardiantoro, has advised members of the public to wait for the official results of Wednesday's (15/02) simultaneous regional elections.
"If there are differences [in quick counts], wait for the official results from the KPU," Juri said at the KPU's office in Menteng, Central Jakarta.
He said that quick counts only give a preliminary overview of the election results and added that if any manipulations occur, polling institutions may face sanctions.
The commission had earlier banned pollsters from publishing quick count results before 3 p.m. to avoid voters getting unduly influenced by the incomplete results.
The KPU registered nearly 50 million voters in today's regional elections for governors, mayors and district heads in 101 regions across the country.
Around 7.1 million voters are registered in Jakarta, where the gubernatorial race is turning into one of the most divisive political battles in the country's democratic era.
If none of the three candidates obtains more than 50 percent of the votes cast, a run-off election is expected to be held in April.