Prabowo predicted to have over 50% votes

Indonesian defence minister Prabowo Subianto is predicted to secure over 50% of votes needed to win the country’s presidential election in one round, a new opinion survey showed on Saturday, the last day of campaigning.

Prabowo is projected to gain 51.9% votes, based on a survey of 1,220 respondents by Lembaga Survei Indonesia (LSI), conducted between Jan. 29 to Feb. 5.

Respondents gave 23.3% of their support for former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan and 20.3% for Ganjar Pranowo, former leader of Central Java province, while 4.4% were undecided, reported Reuters

Indonesia’s most-watched surveys have consistently put Prabowo well ahead of Anies and Ganjar. On Friday, pollster Indikator Politik projected Prabowo to pip the 50% threshold needed to win in a single round.

A run-off between two candidates with the most votes will be held in June if no candidate gets more than 50% of votes.

Prabowo’s popularity has soared since the ex-special forces commander chose the son of President Joko Widodo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, as his running mate in October, signalling to voters that the popular, outgoing leader would support Prabowo’s ticket, Hanan said.

Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, has been accused of interference and bias over his implicit support for Prabowo, which his allies have denied.

The election that would also see the election of Vice President, People’s Consultative Assembly and local legislative bodies would take place on Feb 14.