JAKAARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in his capacity as chairman of the Democratic Party, congratulated the three political parties which, according to quick counts, stood among the top three in Wednesday's legislative election.
"According to quick counts, the Democratic Party is in fourth position with around 10 per cent of the vote. This is a relatively low achievement as compared to our performance in the 2009 election. Assuming the quick count results are not that much different from the real and official tally, we fully accept the results," Yudhoyono told a press conference at his residence in Cikeas, West Java, at 9.30 pm, delayed from the originally scheduled time of 6 pm
"On behalf of the Democratic Party, I hereby extend my congratulations to the parties with a higher percentage of votes, particularly the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle [PDI-P], the Golkar Party, and the Gerindra Party," the President said.
He also called on Dems' members nationwide to accept the results. "Our party has been evaluating the results of this legislative election, and I will convey the outcome to all party members when the time comes, as part of our efforts ahead the next election in 2019," Yudhoyono said.
Some top political party figures, PDI-P chair Megawati Soekarnoputri and its presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, as well as Golkar chairman and presidential candidate Aburizal Bakrie, also held press conferences on the quick count results.
The Dems won the 2009 legislative election with 26 per cent of the vote. It is believed that numerous high-profile graft cases involving the party's former and current members played a significant role in the party's dwindling support.