July 12, 2014
Election Wrap-Up

A look back at perhaps the most exciting and contentious election ever in Indonesia's recent history. Our contributing photographer shares some of his work in a photo essay.

by Magdalene
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The election is finally over!
 
Or so we thought on July 9, until both candidates declared victory. So, now we have to wait until the official count from the Elections Commission on July 22. That is if no candidate files legal action to the Constitutional Court for the results.
 
We have seen the most divisive election in the course of the country’s history. But despite the quarrels between families and the ruined friendships, haven’t the past three months been exciting? Apathy and cynicism remain, but never have Indonesians been so caught up in politics that the issue overshadowed the World Cup and Ramadan. Perhaps it’s good to remind ourselves from time to time, that our democracy has become the envy of many nations, particularly the neighboring countries. 
 
The following photos by Toto Santiko Budi captured the election moments. Let’s take a look and remind ourselves how far we have come as a nation, while hoping for (and closely monitoring) the best result.





 
Clockwise from top: Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie, Golkar senior politician Akbar Tandjung, vice presidential candidate Hatta Rajasa, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle politician Rustriningsih.



From left to right: Vice presidential candidate Hatta Rajasa, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie, Golkar senior politician Akbar Tandjung.



Clockwise from top left: Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, running mate Jusuf Kalla, PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri, Nation's Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar (top), Megawati's daughter Puan Maharani and team, campaign spokesman Anies Baswedan.




From left to right: Campaign spokesman Anies Baswedan, presidential candidate Joko Widodo, running mate Jusuf Kalla, PKB chairman Muhaimin Iskandar.




Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and running mate Hatta Rajasa in a presidential debate.




​Presidential candidate Joko Widodo and running mate Jusuf Kalla in a presidential debate.




The 'Salam Dua Jari' (victory salute) concert attended by at least 80,000 supporters of Joko Widodo at Bung Karno Sports Stadium in Jakarta.




The 'Salam Dua Jari' (victory salute) concert attended by at least 80,000 supporters of Joko Widodo at Bung Karno Sports Stadium in Jakarta.



A banner filled with signatures of Joko Widodo supporters at Bung Karno Sports Stadium, Jakarta.




Candidate Joko Widodo and wife Iriana casting their votes in Central Jakarta.



People casting their votes at polling stations in Jakarta.



Elderly people casting their votes in a polling station in Jakarta.




Vote counting process at a polling station in Jakarta.



Tallying process at a Jakarta polling station.



An election officer checking a ballot paper.



Presumed president-elect speaking before the crowd in Central Jakarta following the announcement of the unofficial results.



Presumed president-elect Joko Widodo speaking before the crowd following the announcement of the unofficial results of the election.

About Toto Santiko Budi
Toto is a freelance photographer based in Jakarta who has documented some of the most important events in the country’s recent history.