If the Jakarta gubernatorial election had been held according to the Regional Elections Law, we would have had a new governor today. At least, according to the quick count carried out by all the polling organizations. The results immediately following last Wednesday's vote were a surprise. The candidate who led at the start, the incumbent Fauzi Bowo, was relegated to second place.
Given that the capital is a special region, the conditions to become governor are also special. A candidate can only be declared the winner if he or she garners more than half the votes cast. Therefore, although Joko Widodo, alias Jokowi, won more than 40 percent of the votes, he must contest a second round, scheduled for September 20.
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