The pairing of Ratu Atut and M. Masduki look likely to win the Banten governor's election.
Although much of the previous media attention, including here, had been on the Islamist duo of Zulkieflimansyah and Marissa Haque, representing the Partai Syarikat Islam (PSI) and the Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS), it appears, according to the latest results, that the team of Ratu Atut Chosiyah (who is the present governor) and M. Masduki (deputy governor), from the "secular" parties of PDI Perjuangan and Golkar respectively, have won the day in Banten, on the far western tip of Java, near Jakarta.
Ratu Atut Chosiyah.
Ratu Atut had previously again won the PDI's nomination for gubernatorial candidate by beating out Marissa Haque, 714 to 543 votes, earlier this year. Marissa's defeat had caused her to jump ship, joining the PKS instead, but her move appears to not have met with success. indonesia.go.id
As of late in the evening of 27th November almost 2 million votes have been tabulated, about half of the total, with 40.6% going the way of Ratu Atut and M. Masduki, and 31.7% being taken by Zulkieflimansyah and Marissa Haque. In third place come the team of Tubagus Tryana Sjam'un (Partai Amanat Nasional (PAN)) - Benyamin Davnie (Partai Persatuan Pembangunan (PPP)) with 23.35%, and trailing badly are the unpopular couple of Irsjad Djuweli (Partai Demokrat (PD)) and Mas Ahmad Daniri (Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa (PKB)), with 4.29%.
Although the results are far from complete the polling agency, Lingkaran Survei Indonesia (LSI), predicted a 39% to 32% win for Ratu Atut's ticket over that of Zulkieflimansyah's, based on a "quick count" carried out at about 250 polling stations across the province. jawapos
The regencies of Serang, Tangerang, Lebak, and Pandeglang seem to have gone to the incumbent Ratu Atut while the young chap Zulkieflimansyah has managed to win the cities of Cilegon and Tangerang. detik
The winning pair, while they are the nominees of Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan and Golkar, also received the support of the Partai Bintang Reformasi (PBR), Partai Bulan Bintang (PBB), and Partai Damai Sejahtera (PDS), among other small parties, a motley group containing opportunistic Islamists (PBB) and small church Christians (PDS).
The poor performance of the candidate from president Yudhoyono's party, Partai Demokrat, may be an interesting sign. The election seems to have been based largely on personalities however, rather typically, with most candidates' platforms emphasising the same themes, education and investment.
Full results of the election are available at http://www.banten.go.id/pilkada_detail.php