What's Coming Next After First Round of Jakarta Poll?

An election official records votes in the Jakarta gubernatorial election in West Cilandak, Jakarta, on Wednesday (15/02). (Antara Photo/M Agung Rajasa)

By : Edo Karensa | on 3:47 PM February 16, 2017
Category : News, Jakarta, Politics, Featured

Jakarta. As a number of pollsters have shown that Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama with running mate Djarot Saiful Hidayat, and Anies Baswedan with Sandiaga Uno will most likely go to second round of Jakarta gubernatorial election, the General Elections Commission, or KPU, has prepared the runoff timeline.

In accordance with the KPU Regulation No. 6 of 2016, a gubernatorial candidate must gather 50 percent of the vote plus one to win the poll, otherwise, the election will go to second round to decide the winner.

On March 4, the Regional Elections Commission (KPUD) will officially announce two candidate pairs to participate in the runoff.

As Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and his running mate Sylviana Murni have admitted defeat and congratulated their competitors, there should be no electoral disputes on behalf of their campaign team after official results are announced.

Between March 5 and April 19, the KPUD will be updating the voters lists by adding those who turn 17 and become eligible to cast ballots, and removing those who have died or moved out from the province.

The candidates are allowed to campaign on April 6-15, after which a three-day period of pre-election silence will be announced.

The runoff is scheduled for April 19.

Between April 20 and May 1, the KPUD will count the votes.

The winning candidate will be declared on May 5 or 6. Following the announcement, the losing candidate pair will be able to appeal to the Constitutional Court.

The elected Jakarta governor and deputy governor will be sworn in on Oct. 31.

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