"I agree with the suggestion put forth by Democrat Party Chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) to lay emphasis on unity in diversity during campaigns. Our unity holds immense significance," Widodo remarked after an open campaign in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara Province, on Monday.
Widodo drew the public's attention to the fact that the elections were merely a five-yearly contest, so the nation's unity should not affected by it.
The former Solo mayor has followed the practice of showcasing Indonesia's abundance of cultural arts and customs during his political campaigns through a cultural carnival.
"I think, we should avoid Tribe, Religion, Race and Customs (SARA) during the campaign," he emphasized.
SBY, in a letter sent earlier to Democrat Party leaders regarding campaigning for the Prabowo Subianto- Sandiaga Uno pair during a grand campaign in the complex of the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, Jakarta, Sunday (Apr 7), put forth a suggestion that the campaigns should epitomize diversity and pluralism; avoid expressions of the strength of identity based on religion, ethnicity, and regionalism, as well as those with ideological nuances, extreme political understanding, and polarization.
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