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Kamis, 09 Juli 2009


YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - The victory of the SBY-Boediono duo in the presidential elections as shown by quick counts on Wednesday indicated that the political machines of political parties did not work effectively, a political analyst said.

"The victory indicated that the people’s preference was more on the figure or popularity of a candidate so that the political machines of political parties were no longer effective to influence voters," Arie Sudjito, socio-political observer of the Gajah Mada University (UGM), said.

He said that the victory also indicated that money politics also had no significant impact on changing the people’s preference for whom to vote. "This should serve as a lesson. So far, there is an opinion that money politics could affect the people’s preference but now it turns out that money politics did not affect them," he said.

He said that field observations in a number of regions indicated that money politics was no longer rife in the 2009 presidential elections. It is not as rife as that in the 2009 legislative elections.

"This means that voters already have their own mind-set with regard to their preference in the presidential elections so that they were no longer affected by money politics," he said.

The results of quick counts by a number of survey institutions on Wednesday’s presidential polls indicated that the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono - Boediono (SBY-Boediono) presidential pair led the vote counts by about 60 percent while two of its rivals, Mega-Pro and JK-WIN trailed behind.

Some 176,367,056 eligible voters including 1,133,738 Indonesians overseas were expected to have voted for their presidential candidates in the country’s second direct presidential election on Wednesday.

Three presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs are competing in the election, namely former president Megawati Soekarnoputri and her running mate retired general Prabowo Subianto, incumbent president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Boediono, and incumbent vice president M Jusuf Kalla and retired general Wiranto.

JK Congratulates SBY

CIKEAS, INDONESIA - Presidential candidate Jusuf Kalla phoned presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) to congratulate him on his victory based on the results of quick counts. Yudhoyono received Kalla’s phone call before a group of journalists at his Puri Cikeas Indah residence on Thursday.

Previously, Choel Mallarangeng, one of Yudhoyono’s campaign team members, asked reporters to standby because, he said, there would be a breaking news in a short while. Not long thereafter, Yudhoyono received Kalla’s phone call in front of tens of gathering reporters.

"As you witnessed just now, I have just contacted Pak (Mr) Kalla. He congratulated me, and with full respect I thanked him for his congratulation," Yudhoyono told reporters.

Even though the relations between the two up to now are still as the president and vice president, Yudhoyono considered Kalla’s phone call as an important gesture which involved two presidential candidates who competed in the 2009 presidential election.

"I am happy with this because the people could see that in politics there is a stiff competition, harsh but good relations could be maintained. This is a democracy in elections that should be developed in this country. Friendly communications should continue to be built so that democracy would continue to develop maturely," Yudhoyono said.

When he had the phone call with Kalla, Yudhoyono also said that the campaign teams of the two candidates might have contradictions and harshly competed, but they did all this because they were merely carrying out their tasks.

"But now they have completed their tasks and I hope they would be united and build their friendly relations anew," he said. In the telephone conversation, the incumbent President told his vice president that Kalla had contributed his great services to the state and nation.

"In the future, I hope Pak Kalla would still be willing to do whatever he would based on his desire for the good of the nation and state," he said.

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