REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan hinted at a possible reconciliation with his incumbent rival Basuki Tjahaya Purnama (Ahok) after the election.
"Not only possible, it is our plan. We are planning to reach out to everyone as we have done in the past," Baswedan noted after casting his vote here on Wednesday.
Anies emphasized that the idea of being a governor to unite Jakarta is to be an individual who is willing to reach out to every corner of the city, so that there will be no disunity.
"Indeed, our plan is to continue this engagement to ensure that the feelings of unity are present in this very city," Baswedan stated during a conversation with a journalist at the Polling Station 28 on the Haji Nasiin Road RT06 RW 04, Lebak Bulus II, West Cilandak, South Jakarta.
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Anies, who pairs with Indonesian businessman Sandiaga Uno as the vice governor candidate, felt confident in the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election.
"We have done our part. The campaign went well. We have reached out to a large number of voters in Jakarta. Our latest survey poll has indicated that we have a slightly better margin against Ahok, and we look forward to hearing the result later this afternoon," Anies noted.
Gubernatorial candidates Anies-Sandiaga Uno and Ahok-Djarot Saiful Hidayat are running for the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election after none of the candidate pairs were able to secure 50 percent of the votes needed to take over the governor's office in a single round.
The official count of the General Election Commission indicated that the incumbent governor Ahok and Hidayat received the most votes, with 42.99 percent, while the Anies-Uno pair came in second place, with 39.95 percent.
The third candidate pair, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni, trailed behind with only 17.07 percent of the votes.
As many as 7.2 million Jakarta residents were listed as eligible voters.