JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The campaign period for the 2019 General and Presidential Election officially started on Sunday (23/09) attending by all presidential candidates and parties. The campaign period will ended on April 8, 2019.
On Friday (21/09), the General Election Commission has officially set the voter number for the two pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates. Joko Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin got number one while the challenger Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno got number two. The series number got by the two pairs are different with the number they got in 2014 election.
At the voter number announcement, Widodo give a short speech that the number had a meaning that he and his partner are ready to fight for the number 1 position in this country. He also warned his supporters not to be hostile to each other and do not insult each other.
“Please, avoid ourselves from slander, insult, mockery and each other, because they are not the ethics and values of Indonesia,” he said.
Separately, Subianto said that in the five years festival of democracy, he hope that (all parties ) can implement a peace and safe presidential election. The people can support their candidates in a civilized way.
“Do not seek for others president and vice president candidates faults or weakness,” he said .
Subianto urged the people to be united. Do not be divided by the difference. The unitary state of Indonesia should be maintained.
In the last 2014 election, Widod got number two with his running mate Jusuf Kalla. While Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa at the time got number one.
Later on Sunday, the General Election Commission has received the initial campaign fund from both camps. The opposition camp reported Rp2 billion (US$137,931) as the initial fund, while the ruling coalition declared Rp11 billion.
The funding gap is expected to widen as Widodo’s camps continues to garner supports from Indonesia’s business circles. The latest is the head of Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Young Entrepreneurs Association who have declared their personal support for Widodo’s re-election.
The ruling coalition wasted no time to get their campaign machines into fourth gear. West Java is an area in focus for the ruling coalition with the province’s governor Ridwan Kamil had been deployed to secure votes. Widodo lost to the opposition’s candidate Prabowo Subianto in West Java in the last presidential election.
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