Jakarta gubernatorial election represents miniature of Indonesian democracy

Jakarta gubernatorial election represents miniature of Indonesian democracy

The Jakarta General Election Commission (KPU DKI Jakarta) Sumarno. (ANTARA/Rosa Panggabean)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Jakarta gubernatorial election (pilkada) is a miniature of the implementation of democracy in Indonesia, according to Chairman of the Jakarta General Election Commission (KPU DKI) Sumarno.

In the principle of democracy, differences and diversity are not a problem, he said when kicking off an event of the Peaceful Campaign Declaration, at the National Monument (Monas), here, Saturday.

The campaign period will last another 106 days. It began on October 28, 2016, and will end on February 11, 2017.

Despite differences and diversity in campaign props, they must remember that they are all residents of Jakarta and must be united within the frame of diversity, he said.

The declaration of a peaceful campaign aims to prevent conflicts, chaos, and disunity, he added.

The commission is committed to implementing an independent election, Commissioner of the National General Elections Commission (KPU) Fery Kurnia said.

He urged every party to help maintain the unity of Indonesia in order to have a quality pilkada implementation.

The three pairs of candidates for the posts of governor and vice governor recently received their ballot numbers for the Pilkada 2017.

Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Sylviana Murni were allotted ballot number 1, incumbents Basuki Tjahaja Purnama alias Ahok and Djarot Saiful Hidayat received ballot number 2 while Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno were given ballot number 3.

The campaign for pilkada began on October 27, 2016 and ends on February 11, 2017. The pilkada will be held simultaneously in 101 regions across Indonesia on February 15, 2017.