Gerindra offers coalition to Democratic Party in Jakarta election run-off

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Gerindra Party, which nominated the Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno candidate pair in the Jakarta Gubernatorial election, has offered a coalition to the Democratic Party (PD), which nominated the Agus Harimurti-Sylviana Murni candidate pair.

Nachrowi Ramli, the team chairman of the Agus Harimurti-Sylviana Murni pair, said Gerindra offered the coalition for the second round of the Jakarta regional government head election (Pilkada).

Based on the number of quick counts, the Agus-Sylviana pair had lost the chance to move into the run-off in the Jakarta Pilkada held on Wednesday (Feb 15).

The Anies-Sandiaga pair will contest in the run-off next April against the incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama, or Ahok, who paired up with Djarot Saiful Hidayat.

"Yes, we have received the offer (from Gerindra). We will examine it first," Ramli said in Jakarta on Wednesday night.

Ramli stated that before deciding on the coalition, the PD will study the missions and visions of the two pairs of candidates who will move into the second round.

He asserted that coalition could be established if the visions and missions of the parties are in line with those of the PD.

"If we establish a coalition with one of the two candidate pairs, we should have similar visions and missions," he added.

Ramli noted that the DP will ask its coalition parties, namely the United Development Party (PPP), the National Awakening Party (PKB), and the National Mandate Party (PAN), to discuss the visions and missions of political parties nominating the Basuki-Djarot and the Anies-Sandi pairs.

A number of quick count survey institutions issued the results of Jakarta regional head elections which were contested by three candidate pairs on Wednesday.

Based on quick counts, Ahok, who paired up with Djarot Siaful Hidayat (contestant number 2), and Anies Bawedan with his running mate Sandiaga Uno (contestant number 3), qualified to the second round of the Pilkada.

The Agus-Sylviana pair (number 1) was left far behind. The pair has acknowledged defeat in the elections based on the quick count results.(*)