2014 Indonesian presidential election
Results of the election showing the candidates with the largest share of votes in each of the 33 provinces of Indonesia. Joko Widodo: red; Prabowo Subianto: crimson.
Presidential elections were held in Indonesia on 9 July 2014, with former general Prabowo Subianto contesting the elections against the governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo; incumbent president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office. On 22 July the General Elections Commission announced Joko Widodo's victory. He and his vice-president, Jusuf Kalla, were sworn-in on 20 October 2014, for a 5-year term.
According to the 2008 election law, only parties or coalitions controlling 20% of DPR seats or winning 25% of the popular votes in the 2014 parliamentary elections are eligible to nominate a candidate. This law was challenged in the Constitutional Court, but in late January 2014 the Court ruled that the requirement would stand for this election. No party exceeded the threshold in the 2014 legislative elections, therefore two coalitions were formed.
Arrangement for the election
Arrangements for the conduct of elections in Indonesia are carried out under the supervision of the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum, or KPU). The presidential elections in 2014 were carried out in accordance with the Law, (Undang-undang, or UU) No 42 of 2008 on the election of a president and vice-president.
Arrangements for nominations
An important requirement, set out in Law No 42 of 2008 (Clause 9), is that nominations of candidates for the presidential election may only be made by a party (or coalition of parties) which has at least 20% of the seats in the national parliament (the DPR, or the Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat) or which received 25% of national votes in the previous national legislative election for the DPR. In practice, these conditions set a rather high bar for nomination. The likelihood is that only candidates supported by one of the major parties, perhaps with some support from several of the minor parties, will be able to meet the conditions for nomination. Among other things, the effect of this requirement is likely to be a strict limit on the number of candidates who will be able to stand for the presidency.
Indonesia worked towards implementing e-voting the 2014 general elections using electronic identity cards (e-KTP), which had been tried in six districts/cities, namely Padang, West Sumatra; Denpasar, Bali; Jembrana, Bali; Yogyakarta, Java; Cilegon, West Java; and Makassar, (South Sulawesi).
However, the system was not ready for the election. Therefore, voters still voted on paper by punching a hole in one of the two candidates' photograph, number, or name. The ballots were then collected and counted at the village level, then city/regency level, province level, and finally the national level.
Candidates for president are nominated as individuals (along with a vice-presidential running partner); however, support from the main political parties is likely to play a key role in influencing the result. Partly for this reason, the highly changeable map of political parties in Indonesia contributes to the uncertainty of political trends in the run-up to the presidential election. In recent years, the number of political parties contesting major elections (for both national and regional parliaments, and the presidential elections) has varied considerably.
- In 2004, 24 parties contested the national elections and 16 secured enough seats to be represented in the national parliament.
- In 2009, 38 parties contested the national elections and 9 secured enough seats to be represented in the national parliament.
- In 2014, 12 parties contested the national legislative elections on 9 April and three more were authorised to run candidates in Aceh. (Brief details of the parties are listed at the relevant page on website of the Electoral Commission.) It is expected that candidates for president who hope to mount an effective campaign will need to secure the support of at least one of the major parties as well as several other smaller parties. Details of the twelve main national parties who qualified to mount nationwide political campaigns are as follows:
Summary of registered parties support in the 2014 presidential election (Nationwide; excluding Aceh-only parties)
|Known as||Party||English name||Supporting||DPR seats||DPR seats %||Legislative votes %|
|Gerindra||Partai Gerakan Indonesia Raya||Great Indonesia Movement Party||Nominee: Prabowo Subianto (Gerindra)
Running mate: Hatta Rajasa (PAN)
353 / 560
|Golkar||Partai Golongan Karya||Golkar|
|PPP||Partai Persatuan Pembangunan||United Development Party|
|PKS||Partai Keadilan Sejahtera||Prosperous Justice Party|
|PAN||Partai Amanat Nasional||National Mandate Party|
|PBB||Partai Bulan Bintang||Crescent Star Party|
|PD||Partai Demokrat||Democratic Party *|
|PDI–P||Partai Demokrasi Indonesia – Perjuangan||Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle||Nominee: Joko Widodo (PDI-P)
Running mate: Jusuf Kalla (Golkar)
207 / 560
|Hanura||Partai Hati Nurani Rakyat||People's Conscience Party|
|NasDem||Partai Nasional Demokrat||National Democratic Party|
|PKB||Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa||National Awakening Party|
|PKPI||Partai Keadilan dan Persatuan Indonesia||Indonesian Justice and Unity Party|
- Parties that are in light grey shows that they do not pass the 2014 Legislative Threshold of 2.5% of the national legislative vote. They are also banned from participating the next election due to the failing of passing the Electoral Threshold of 2.5% of the national legislative vote in 2014.
- The leader of Democratic Party and incumbent president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is officially neutral in the election.
See also: List of political parties in Indonesia
Previously considered potential
Before the national legislative elections on 9 April 2014, the following candidates had declared their intention to run for president. Following the legislative elections, these candidates were unable to reach the threshold.
|Golkar||Aburizal Bakrie||Chairman of the Golkar party. Formerly, there had been discontent in some quarters within the party about Bakrie's candidature. There had been some talk of a possible move to reconsider the decision to nominate him. However Golkar appears united behind him as the official candidate, although some members (especially in Eastern Indonesian region) defect to support Jusuf Kalla|
|Hanura||Wiranto||Former Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces, 2004 presidential candidate, and 2009 vice-presidential candidate|
|Crescent Star Party||Yusril Ihza Mahendra||Former chairman of the Crescent Star Party. A top lawyer and a specialist in government laws of Indonesia.|
|United Development Party||Suryadharma Ali||Chairman of the PPP(United Development Party). Recently been announced official suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission(KPK) on the case of Umroh budget corruption.|
NOTE: The quality of polling in Indonesia varies considerably. Furthermore, some of the polling institutions provide little information about their polling methods. The data set out below should therefore be treated with care.
NOTE: The following timeline makes reference to some dates which refer to the national parliamentary elections due in mid-2014 as well as other events in addition to the presidential election. These dates are noted because events leading up to the national parliamentary elections will, in the minds of voters and party organisers, be closely linked to the presidential election.
|Jan 2014||Preparations||During January and February the Democrat Party held public meetings in main towns in Indonesia to allow the main candidates for the Democrat Party nomination to test their support.|
|March||Campaigning||Nationwide campaigning for the national legislative (parliamentary and assembly) elections|
|6–8 April||Cooling-off period|
|9 April||Legislative elections||Simultaneous national elections for the national parliament (DPR, 560 seats), 33 provincial assemblies (DPRD I, 2,137 seats) and 497 district (kabupaten and kota) assemblies (DPRD II, 17,560 seats)|
See also: Indonesian legislative election, 2014
|9 May||Results||Results of the legislative elections are required to be announced within 30 days of the polling day.|
|Early May||Nomination||The names of all candidates running (jointly) for the positions of president and vice-president must be formally logged at the Indonesian Electoral Commission within seven days after the results of the legislative elections are announced (see above).|
|31 May||Announcement||The General Elections Commission announce the names of the presidential candidates|
|4 June – 5 July||Campaigning||Nationwide campaign by presidential candidates|
|6–8 July||Cooling-off period||No campaign of any form is allowed|
|9 July||Election||Presidential election|
|10–12 July||Recapitulation||At the sub-district level|
|10–14 July||Recapitulation||For ballots from abroad|
|13–15 July||Recapitulation||At the district level|
|16–17 July||Recapitulation||At the municipality/regency level|
|18–19 July||Recapitulation||At the province level|
|20–22 July||Recapitulation||At the national level|
|22–23 July||Results||Results of the presidential election are required to be announced within 14 days of the polling day.|
|20 October||Inauguration||Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono completes his term and the seventh president is sworn in|
Counting and results
Following the election on 9 July 2014, Joko Widodo announced his victory based on quick counts of votes from several zones; most of these independent pollsters indicated a Joko Widodo victory (52–53% of votes to Prabowo's 46–48%). Prabowo also claimed victory, citing other polls. As the official count continued, the KPU released scans of the tally (C1) forms from each polling station on its official website, allowing downloads of the official data.
In the lead up to the official announcement of the official results by the KPU, Prabowo pushed for the Commission to delay the announcement by two weeks, allowing his party to investigate claimed manipulations of the voting process. This request was denied. The Prabowo camp also called for a new vote in some zones. However, several Prabowo supporters congratulated Joko Widodo on his election or conceded election. PAN politician Hanafi Rais, writing three days before the results were announced, sent a press release which stated "we congratulate Bapak Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla — who will helm the national leadership for the next five years". The same day, Prabowo's campaign manager Mahfud M.D. returned his mandate to Prabowo, stating that the election was over; he was replaced by Lt. Gen. Yunus Yosfiah on 22 July 2014.
Out of fear that inter-party tension could lead to riots such as those which led to the downfall of former president Suharto, the Indonesian government deployed over 250,000 police officers throughout the country. In central Jakarta, hundreds of police were stationed – particularly around the KPU's offices. Following bomb threats against Jakarta City Hall, after the KPU's announcement military officials tightened security around it Commission's headquarters. A group of Prabowo supporters staged a non-violent protest near the offices.
On 22 July 2014, the day that the KPU was due to announce its official tally, Prabowo withdrew from the recapitulation process after having insisted on his victory since the initial quick counts were released. He attributed this withdrawal to Indonesia "failing in its duty to democracy" because of "massive cheating that is structured and systematic", and stated that he and Hatta "exercise our constitutional right to reject the presidential election and declare it unconstitutional". His speech, aired live, implied that he would challenge the results in the Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi). Later reports indicated confusion over whether Prabowo had resigned from the election or simply rejected the count.
According to Douglas Ramage, Managing Director for Indonesia at BowerGroupAsia, this was the first time since reformasi (the Reformation) began in 1998 that the legitimacy of the election process has been questioned; he declared that the country was entering "uncharted territory". The legality of a Prabowo challenge is questionable, as – if he withdrew – he is no longer considered a presidential candidate. If he can make the challenge, according to The Jakarta Post, the gap between the two candidates is sufficient to make such a challenge difficult. Under the presidential election law, Prabowo could face up to six years in prison and a 100 billion rupiah ($10 million) fine for withdrawing.
Following the announcement, the value of the Indonesian rupiah dropped by 0.3 percent, and the JSX Composite fell by 0.9 percent. Observers denied Prabowo's allegations of cheating, finding that the elections were "generally fair and free"; Maswadi Rauf of the University of Indonesia stated that there were "no sign of significant fraud", and that Prabowo's withdrawal simply reflected "the real attitudes of the elite, who are not yet ready to accept losing". In a survey, 90 percent of the Indonesian populace were satisfied with the KPU's handling of the election.
Announcement and reaction
After Prabowo's withdrawal, his witnesses also left the announcement ceremony. However, the official tally continued; the Commission chief, Husni Kamil Manik, said that they had already fulfilled their obligations by inviting the witnesses. A victory for Joko Widodo was expected, and realised hours later, although the initially planned 4:00 p.m. announcement was delayed for four hours. The Commission gave Joko Widodo a victory of 53.15 percent of the vote (representing 70.99 million voters), to Prabowo's 46.85 percent (62.57 million votes). This was the closest vote in the history of free elections in the country; the two previous elections, in 2004 and 2009, had been landslide victories for Yudhoyono.
The Prabowo camp continued to reject the KPU's count, announcing that they trusted the count provided by the PKS, which gave a Prabowo victory, more than the Commission's. Prabowo's camp later stated that it intended to report the KPU to the police for continuing its recapitulation despite calls for a delay and questions of the vote's validity.
After the announcement, Joko Widodo stated that, growing up under the authoritarian and corrupt New Order, he would have never expected someone with a lower-class background to become president. The New York Times reported him as saying, "now, it's quite similar to America, yes? There is the American dream, and here we have the Indonesian dream.". Joko Widodo was the first Indonesian president to not be from the military or the political elite, and the political commentator Salim Said gave the popular view of the politician "someone who is our neighbour, who decided to get into politics and run for president".
The Singaporean prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, posted his congratulations on Twitter minutes after the election, expressing hope that Joko Widodo would work towards improving relations between the two countries. Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, stated that Joko Widodo's election was a "milestone" for the development of democracy in Indonesia, and stated his hope that the two countries' relations could be reinforced following a decline caused by espionage scandals and human trafficking. US President Barack Obama also congratulated Jokowi and is also willing to improve relations between Indonesia and US. However, Prabowo asked for world leaders to withhold congratulatory statements to Jokowi.
A member of the Prabowo-Hatta campaign team outlined the 8 final moves that Prabowo plans to take to overturn the election result. These are:
- File a lawsuit over the election result with the Constitutional Court
- Report alleged ethical violations by the General Elections Commission (KPU) to the Election Organizers Ethics Council (DKPP).
- File a report with the Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu).
- Report electoral violations to the police.
- Making a report to the Ombudsman.
- File a report with the State Administrative Court (PTUN) asking for the KPU on the election result to be annulled.
- Political maneuvering within the People's Representative Council (DPR) by establishing a Presidential Election Special Committee to evaluate the performance of the KPU. The maneuvering was done by parties within Prabowo-Hatta's coalition.
- A class action.
Prabowo Subianto took an appeal against the election result to the Constitutional Court of Indonesia, alleging "structured, systematic and massive" violations and that up to 24.1 million votes were "troubled". The first hearing was on 6 August. Hundreds of supporters were present outside the court. On 21 August the court delivered a unanimous 9-0 verdict in favour of rejecting all aspects of the appeal. A spokesperson for Subianto stated that his team did not consider the ruling fair, but they would accept the court's judgement. On the same day, the Election Organizers Ethics Council (DKPP) ruled that there had been some ethical violations. Of the nine local election commissioners dismissed for taking bribes, four of them took money from Prabowo's Gerindra Party.
|Joko Widodo||Jusuf Kalla||Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle (Partai Demokrasi Indonesia-Perjuangan)||70,997,833||53.15|
|Prabowo Subianto||Hatta Rajasa||Great Indonesia Movement Party (Partai Gerakan Indonesia Raya)||62,576,444||46.85|
|Spoilt and null votes||1,379,690||1.02|
|Votes by province||Total votes|
(including North Kalimantan)
|West Nusa Tenggara||1,844,178||72.45||701,238||27.55||2,545,416|
|East Nusa Tenggara||769,391||34.08||1,488,076||65.92||2,257,467|
Quick count results
|Prabowo Subianto—Hatta Rajasa||Joko Widodo—Jusuf Kalla|
|CSIS-Cyrus Network (Liputan6.com)||48.1%||51.9%||1.25%|
|Indikator Politik Indonesia (MetroTVnews)||47.05%||52.95%||0.20%|
|Lingkaran Survei Indonesia||46.43%||53.57%||0.42%|
|Populi Center (Suara.com);||49.05%||50.95%||2.20%|
|Radio Republik Indonesia (antaranews.com)||47.32%||52.68%||0.47%|
|Saiful Mujani Research Center (SMRC)||47.09%||52.91%||0.24%|
|Indonesia Research Centre (IRC; okezone.com)||51.11%||48.89%||4.26%|
|Jaringan Suara Indonesia (JSI; Viva.co.id)||50.13%||49.87%||3.28%|
|Lembaga Survei Nasional (Viva.co.id)||50.56%||49.44%||3.71%|
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