Sunday, November 26, 2006

Banten gubernatorial race: The winner is...

Today is one of the most important political events in the country after 2004 election, which is the first direct election for governor in Java island ever. It's in Banten, the newest province in the island's western most tip. Four pairs in contest, Atut, Zulkieflimansyah, Tryana, and Djuwaeli.

Quick count from LSI-JIP (led by political entrepreneur Dr Denny JA, wonder whether one of the contenders use his service, some says in other areas at Rp2 billion for guaranteed win or the money returned), as reported by few minutes ago, claimed Atut-Masduki (Golkar-PDI-P) had won the election with 39% votes, followed by Zulkieflimansyah (PKS) 32%. Meanwhile quick count by JPPR found Atut got 39% votes, but on razor thin margin with Zulkieflimansyah (37.7%). A tight race indeed! Zulkieflimansyah won in Tangerang, the nearest city to Jakarta, by 45%. At 9.30PM, quoted PKS Banten chapter claiming 41% votes for Zulkieflimansyah and 34% for Atut. Tryana (PAN-PPP) in the third spot with quite significant votes (21%) and Irsyad Djuwaeli (Partai Demokrat-PKB) at the bottom end with 3.4% only.
Surprisingly, Banten's Election Committee (this is the formal organization with the authority to decide the winner) recorded Atut got 37% out of 157,000 ballots counted, followed by Zulkieflimansyah 32%.



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