Sunday, March 12, 2017

Anies and Ahok is Going to Second Round Jakarta Governor Election


The first round Province of Jakarta Special Capital Region local elections was over. Although the elections which happened on February 15, 2017 was only the first round election. Because no candidates reached the acquisition of more than 50%, then the Regional General Election Commission would be conducted a second round election. Election Commission of Jakarta Capital City planned to implement the second election on April 19, 2017. About a month again.

Public Enthusiasm

Regional Head and the Governor of Jakarta Special Capital Region election is indeed received a very enthusiastic attention. Not only interesting to residents of the capital, but also appeals to all Indonesian from various backgrounds and domicile. There are 101 areas that hold the local elections simultaneously, but the elections on Jakarta is having a lot of public attention. The other areas seemed deserted.

I don't know exactly why the attention of all Indonesian is so festiving till now on elections on the Special Capital Region. One factor perhaps is because previously the President Joko Widodo itself became Governor and Regional Head in that Special Capital Region. After Joko "Jokowi" Widodo won the presidential election, the post of governor in the capital automatically given to Ahok, the nickname of Basuki Tjahaya Purnama, his deputy as governor of Jakarta.

First Round Vote Acquisition

There were three candidates attending on Jakarta local election. the first pair of candidate was ex-major Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and his deputy Sylviana Murni. The second candidate was incumbent pair Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or people more know him as Ahok, with his deputy Djarot Saiful Hidayat. Last pair or third candidate was former Minister of Education and Culture, Anies Baswedan along with his deputy, a large-scale businessman, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno. I don't know the reason why President Jokowi fired Anies Baswedan from his position as Minister.

The results of manual calculations on Regional Election Commission produces, Agus-Sylvi couple got 937 955 voices. Vote obtained by incumbent Ahok aka Basuki Tjahaja Purnama together with Djarot Saiful Hidayat was 2,364,577. While the pairing Anies-Sandy garner votes amounted to 2,197,333 voices. With that result, Agus-Sylvi eliminated at the first opportunity. The remaining two pairs of candidates lead to contest to be Jakarta Governor, namely as your expect, Ahok-Djarot and Anies-Sandy couples.

Condition After The First Round Election

A lot has happened during before and after the campaign. Frenzied of developing democracy in Indonesia creates a bad situation. I only hope that it will not become a tradition forward later. Indonesian society should be a community of mature and able to think clearly.

Bad condition happened when supporters of all candidates, both successful teams and cheerleaders performed all sorts of ways to win. Among them was the black campaign and using the issues of race, ethnicity, religion and inter-group. Everyone already knows that Anies Baswedan is Arabic and Ahok aka Tjahaja Basuki Purnama is a Christian Chinese . Religion is still a sensitive issue in Indonesia. Ahok Christianity always be the butt of supporter another candidate. The banter between the respective supporter develop into a serious and depressing.

Fortunately, the harassment slighty subsided after the first round February 15, 2017. I myself expect this quite friendly conditions will last until the second round later. Ahok and Djarot as incumbent already proven themselves capable of managing the region and its problems. Anies and Sandy themselves are not necessarily failure if entrusted with the same responsibility. Whoever wins, Indonesian people must continue to build the country.


photograph by Emile Gede Seno Aji

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