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Indonesian polling commission finalizes presidential election vote counting
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11:09, July 22, 2009

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Indonesian presidential election organizer, the General Election Commission (KPU), commenced on Wednesday the manual recapitulation of votes resulted from the presidential election manually.

The regional KPU officials were summoned to the KPU head office, bringing in their final manual vote counts to be recapitalized into the KPU's final count.

The recapitulation process commenced on 09:00 a.m. local time, is scheduled to conclude on July 24. The official announcement on presidential candidate who win the July 8 presidential election would be announced by the KPU on July 27.

As of Tuesday, 3 provinces were yet to settle their vote counting. The KPU officials said that they would be able to submit results of their manual vote counting before the recapitulation process ended on Friday.

According to the preliminary "quick count" vote counting conducted by polling agencies and broadcasted live nationwide by TV stations shortly after the vote casting ended on July 8, Indonesian incumbent president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won the election.

Susilo obtained 60 percent votes with the runner up, Megawati Soekarnoputri of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) obtained less than 30 percent votes.

The vice president Jusuf Kalla from the Golkar Party who vie in the election obtained 12 percent votes according to the quick count results.

Source: Xinhua

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