30 Jun '14, 8am

Indonesia election: West Java sees fierce contest

Indonesia election: West Java sees fierce contest

WEST JAVA: The province of West Java is seeing one of the fiercest contests in the Indonesian presidential election. Recent opinion polls show former general Prabowo Subianto has a slender lead over his rival Joko Widodo in the area. West Java is Indonesia’s most populated province, with 46 million people. Besides having the largest percentage of voters in the country -- 18 per cent, or 33 million voters -- the candidate who wins in the province will be making history. Adjie Alfaraby, researcher at Indonesia Survey Circle, said: "Even though this is a myth that cannot be rationalised, but if you look into Indonesia's election history, the winning party or the presidential candidate that wins in West Java comes out as the election winner. It's a myth in Indonesia's general elections." Mr Subianto's intensive campaign in West Java is bearing fruit. Latest opinion polls showe...

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