Indonesian President calls for national unity after election hinh anh 1Incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife at a polling station in Jakarta on April 17 (Photo: Kyodo/VNA)

Jakarta (VNA) –
Incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called on the public to reunite following the intense presidential election between him and his rival Prabowo Subianto, reported the Jakarta Post.

Speaking to supporters and journalists in Djakarta Theatre on April 17, Widodo called on all parties to wait for the official final tally of the General Elections Commission (KPU), despite quick count results showing he was leading the presidential race.

The Indonesian President said he and members of his coalition learned the results of various exit polls and quick counts of the presidential election by April 17 afternoon.

He said people have to be patient and wait for the official tally.

The majority of quick count results conducted by established pollsters have shown that Widodo is leading the race by a 10 percent margin.

Meanwhile, other presidential candidate Prabowo has claimed a lead over his rival. He stressed that certain pollsters have been partisan in a bid to sway public opinion as if he has already lost.

Indonesia opened the polls to more than 190 million eligible voters on April 17 in one of the world's biggest single-day elections.

In the elections, voters selected a president, vice president and more than 20,000 legislators.  For the first time, Indonesia held its presidential and legislative elections on the same day, with more than 245,000 candidates running for more than 20,000 seats.-VNA