Jakarta. Two tickets running in Indonesia’s upcoming presidential election revealed the major compositions of their respective campaign teams last week; one is filled with a vast rank of veteran politicians plus retired Army generals, while the other is likely gathering an army of young intellectuals.
Dozens of businesspeople grouped under the Businesspeople’s Community for Jokowi-JK declared their support for presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla on Wednesday.
"Both Jokowi and Kalla have business backgrounds. We believe that they, if elected, will create policies that are pro-business," the community's chairman, Yugi Prayanto, said during the declaration of the support in Jakarta.
The Constitutional Court issued a ruling on Wednesday confirming that active military and police personnel were not eligible to vote in the July 9 presidential election, following a judicial review of the 2008 Election Law proposed by a non-governmental organization.
The review was filed due to the possibility of multi-interpretation of the regulation.
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has asked the General Elections Commission (KPU) to include the topic of child protection as part of the presidential debate before the election on July 9.
"We want to push the issue of child protection as one of the debate topics for the scheduled presidential debate," KPAI chairman Asrorun Niam Sholeh said as quoted by kompas.com.
Between June 8 and July 5, there will be two presidential debates, two vice-presidential debates, and one final debate with both pairs.
The Golkar Party central board has penalized some of its politicians after they came out in support of the presidential bid of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who was nominated by rival the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
Some senior lawmakers will be stripped of their posts in key commissions at the House of Representatives.
Jakarta. Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa have submitted a letter to the Democrats making the case for an alliance between the parties in the run up to the July 9 election, a Democratic Party official said on Wednesday.
While TV pundits and social media commentators have been busy hashing out the personality differences between presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, little has been said about either side’s policies and platforms.
To that end, the Jakarta Globe presents a rough guide to the issues that matter:
Jakarta. The National Democratic (Nasdem) Party held its national meeting on Tuesday to outline its campaign strategy in support of Joko Widodo’s presidential bid.
“We will try our best with body and mind to ensure a win for Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla in the upcoming election,” Nasdem Party chairman Surya Paloh said on Tuesday. “The election is only 43 days away.”
Semarang, Central Java (ANTARA News) - The Central Java provincial chapter of Ansor Youth Movement (GP Ansor) of Nahdatul Ulama, the countrys largest non political Islamic organization, said it threw its weight behind Joko Widodo (Jokowi), one of two candidates to contest the presidential election on July 9.
"GP Ansor is solid behind Jokowi and his running mate Jusuf Kalla (JK)," Jabir Alfaruqi, who is chairman of the campaigning team for Jokowi-JK from GP Ansor in Central Java.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the Indonesian Womens Congress (KOWANI) Dewi Motik Pramono said that negative campaign is a normal phenomenon during presidential election.
"Negative campaign is to spice up the implementation of election 2014. So for presidential and vice presidential candidate do not be afraid, especially if you are not wrong," he said when met at KOWANI headquarters here on Tuesday.
Members of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)-led coalition, which supports presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate, Jusuf Kalla, have reiterated their determination to secure millions of votes to help the pair win the presidential election.
Muhaimin Iskandar, chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB), one of the coalition members, said his party alone would secure 12 million votes for Jokowi-Kalla.
An official of the Gerindra Party-led coalition campaign team has said they are preparing a special task force to counter issues surrounding the alleged involvement of the coalition’s presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in a number of past human rights abuses.
The team says the allegations have been used as a tactic to discredit the presidential candidate.
“We are ready to counter the allegations because people are smart enough to understand right from wrong,” said campaign team member Ahmad Riza Patria in Jakarta on Saturday as quoted by tempo.co.
Indonesian Military (TNI) Chief Gen. Moeldoko said he had requested the government to issue a regulation- in- lieu- of-law (Perppu) in order to guarantee TNI neutrality during the upcoming presidential election on July 9.
"The existing law only regulates military neutrality during the legislative elections, not the presidential election. Therefore we should push the government to issue a regulation right away, “he said on Friday.
Young Golkar Party politicians have vowed to support the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) presidential ticket of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf Kalla despite threats of dismissal.
Earlier this week, scores of young Golkar politicians publicly declared their support for Jokowi, opposing the mandate of party chairman Aburizal Bakrie to endorse the Gerindra Party’s Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa presidential ticket.
Golkar advisory council head Akbar Tandjung lashed out at the dissenting members and threatened to fire them.
Jakarta. The Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN) on Friday officially announced that it would back Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla for the country’s top posts, marking the first time the organization had formally supported any presidential ticket.
“Joko is the only candidate who has not [spurred] controversy with indigenous peoples,” said Abdon Nababan, AMAN’s deputy secretary general, at the Ibis Hotel in Menteng, Central Jakarta.
Paramadina University rector Anies Baswedan has announced that he will support the presidential and vice-presidential candidacies of Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and Jusuf Kalla. He said the sole reason behind his decision was the belief that Indonesia needed a fresh figure with integrity to take the lead.
“We are in need of a new leader with a clean track record and committed to the graft-eradication movement,” the former head of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) ethics council said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Thursday.
The Election Supervisory Committee (Bawaslu) should monitor the supporters of each candidate contesting the upcoming presidential election as with only two contenders taking part, rivalry could turn violent, a political expert has said.
“Political rivalry will be fierce. Friction at the grassroots level, especially among candidate supporters, will be substantial. Bawaslu must be ready to anticipate such friction,” Soegeng Sarjadi Syndicate executive director Ari Nurcahyo said in a discussion in Lembang, West Java, on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.
The Gerindra Party says presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto will guarantee the freedom of the press in Indonesia, and is convinced that under his leadership, there would be no more restrictions on press freedom, such as those seen during the New Order era.
“If Pak Prabowo is elected president, I’m sure that we would enjoy much more press freedom,” Gerindra’s patron council member Martin Hutabarat said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.
Golkar Party lawmaker Poempida Hidayatulloh has lashed out at the party’s chief advisor Akbar Tanjung for his double standards related to members who refuse to follow the party’s decision to support Great Indonesian Movement Party, or Gerindra, presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa.
Poempida, who supports Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) presidential candidate Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, and his running mate, former vice president and former Golkar chairman, Jusuf Kalla, described Akbar as inconsistent and discriminative.