Jokowi-Amin campaign team, volunteers discuss synergy

Jokowi-Amin campaign team, volunteers discuss synergy

Secretaries general of political parties supporting Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin anounce campaign team for the presidential election 2019 in Jakarta on Sunday (12/8) (Desca Lidya Natalia)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma`ruf Amin presidential election campaign team (TKN) held a meeting with representatives of 20 groups of volunteers supporting incumbent Jokowi in the next year`s presidential race to discuss synergy efforts.

The meeting took place at the Cemara command post, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Tuesday evening, in a relaxing but serious setting.

Members of the TKN present at the meeting were five secretary generals of political parties joining Jokowi`s Working Indonesian Coalition: Hasto Kristiyanto of PDIP, Lodewijk Frederick Paulus of Golkar, Johny G. Plate of Nasdem, Ahmad Rofiq of Perindo, and Verry Surya Hendrawan of PKPI.

Meanwhile, the attending volunteers represented groups supporting Jokowi, such as Seknas, Sekber Jokowi, Projo, Bara JP, and Almisbat.

Muhammad Yamin of Seknas Jokowi remarked that the meeting discussed synergy of visions, agenda, and moves to ensure victory of the incumbent Jokowi and his running mate Ma`ruf Amin, currently chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council, in next year`s presidential election.

"Tonight`s meeting is an initial gathering. More meetings will be held to synergize visions and moves," he stated.

They also identified groups of volunteers supporting Jokowi.

"Based on information from the previous meeting of volunteers, there are some 108 groups of volunteers at the national and local levels," he noted.

The campaign team and volunteer groups plan to synergize their activities and narrations to win the public`s trust.

"The point is that we want to ensure that we are on the same wavelength. Volunteer groups have several activities, such as in labor, agriculture, social media, millennial, and recital fields," he noted.

Kristiyanto highlighted the need for synergy with volunteers, as they are basically people, who want to support Jokowi in seeking a second term.

Volunteers must be able to function as shields of Jokowi and Amin and defend the pair while being attacked, according to Kristiyanto, who considered Jokowi as an honest, hardworking, down-to-earth, and trusted leader.

Indonesia will hold simultaneous legislative and presidential elections on April 17, 2019, where Jokowi will again go head to head with Prabowo Subianto.

Reporting by Riza Harahap
Editing by Fardah