The two President and Vice President Candidates Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin and Prabowo-Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Many issues were raised during the second weeks of campaign period of the 2019 Presidential Election. In addition to the issue of the two camps’ programs, the Indonesian Election Commission also received a two-side attacks. The one, reportedly having a server in Singapore to win the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin pair, and secondly, was intervened by state officials to pass the conglomerate and leader of the Hati Nurani Rakyat Party Oesman Sapta Odang (OSO) as a candidate for regional representatives.

The first one, Presidential candidate Widodo began the second week of the campaign by visiting residents on the farthest islands in eastern Indonesia, namely Sulawesi and Papua. In Papua “incumbents” mourn the victims of the Sentani flash floods, in Jayapura district, Papua province. Then, move towards the “head of the island of paradise” in Sorong, West Papua on April 1.

Meanwhile, in Sulawesi, Widodo greeted his supporters in the cities of Makassar, South Sulawesi and in the city of Manado in North Sulawesi on March 31.

In his political speech, “the incumbent” stated that it would continue to pay attention to the marginalized, outermost and marginalized local communities, as well as the strategic platform of the project since 2014, to spread the widest possible distribution of development in Indonesia.

After combing the east, the former mayor of Solo flew to the “sunset on the island” of Sumatra. There the currently President met with residents in Bengkulu and South Sumatra provinces on April 2.

After running on an area outside Java, from April 4-5, Widodo and his running mate Amin campaigned in Indramayu, Tegal, and Semarang cities in Central Java.

There, Widodo met with farmer groups and rice entrepreneurs and offered bank loans so that the farmers had modern mills or dryers.

“Farmers must be prepared to face rapid global change. “Starting to leave the old pattern to a new pattern so as not to be left behind from other countries, especially for export and investment matters,” he said in Sragen, Central Java, on Thursday (04/04).

Meanwhile, the contender, Prabowo Subianto, did not campaign on Thursday (04/04) because he was declared ill after operating in several regions, starting from Sidoarjo, Purwokerto, Pemalang, in East Java and Medan in North Sumatra.

On the agenda on Thursday, the former General should be scheduled to campaign in the provinces of Lampung and Pangkalpinang, in the Bangka Belitung province. But because it suddenly hurt, the event was canceled.

Although the commander experienced physical fatigue, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno continued to ignite the fire of support from the community by visiting a number of areas.

In his campaign on Thursday in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Uno assured its supporters that Indonesia’s economic growth would reach 6.5 percent in the first year of its government if people believed in both.

In fact, with his economic team, Uno believes it will increase economic growth above seven percent. With that, according to him, it can guarantee economic continuity and not enter the middle income trap.

In addition, Uno also said that if structural reforms were carried out, the economy would grow and MSMEs would develop, so that it could encourage positive export performance and prevent imports, especially oil and gas.

In his political speech, Uno also promised to improve the welfare of Early Childhood Education teachers if elected in the 2019 Presidential Election by adopting the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government policy on teachers to the national level.

In the campaign of the two partners, a number of irregularities were also encountered, for example related to citizen rejection of candidates.

This was experienced by the cleric Amin who was intercepted when going on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Kiai Suhro, in Pamekasan, Madura, East Java, on Monday (04/01). A number of people who were supporters of Subianto-Uno gathered around Amin’s car while shouting Subianto’s name.

Uno himself also experienced a similar incident three times. First, Uno was refused to campaign in Labuhanbatu, North Sumatra. Second, in Sampang, Madura, East Java. Finally, in Wonogiri, Central Java.

On the other side, the irregularities were also experienced by the election commission. The commission was accused by a Facebook account of having a server in Singapore and had set a victory for one of the candidate pairs. A Facebook account named Rahmi Zainuddin Ilyas uploaded a video stating the commission had set the Widodo-Amin pair victory at 57 percent.

The commission itself has reported to Police to follow up on the allegations. The commission stance that has no overseas server and is only headquartered in Jakarta.

After being attacked externally, the country’s independent institution was attacked by officials of the presidential palace by sending a letter of request so that the OSO could run as a candidate for members of the Regional Representatives for the period 2019-2024.

In the letter dated March 22, which was only revolving on Thursday (04/04), Minister of State Pratikno, who claimed to be ordered by President Joko Widodo, asked the commission to carry out the decision of the Jakarta State Administrative Court Number 242/G/SPPU/2018/PTUN-JKT to canceled the commission decision letter stating that the OSO did not meet the requirements as a candidate for the regional representatives.

But the commission has rejected requests from state officials. In the reply letter, the commission stated that it still did not include OSO in the permanent list of candidates. The commission still adheres to the decision of the Constitutional Court Number 30/2018 which prohibits candidates for regional representatives members from having management positions in political parties.

The commission held that if the OSO is not subject to these rules, they will not be afraid to fight.

Furthermore, various credible survey institutions offer their findings regarding voters’ perceptions and preferences towards both partners. Dozens of surveys favor Widodo-Amin with a difference of 18-20 percent, and and only 2 institutions that won the contender for Subianto-Uno with a difference of 5 percent and 20 percent.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: daniel@theinsiderstories.com