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Jakartans go to poll today to elect Governor and Vice Governor

JAKARTA ( – It is a historic moment for the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta. Today, millions of people of this capital city go to the poll to elect Governor and Vice Governor.

The people are voting their popular candidate, namely Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and his deputy Sylviana Murni; Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and his deputy Djarot Saiful Hidayat; and Anies Rasyid Baswedan and his deputy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno.

Agus and Sylvi are supported by four parties, namely Democratic Party, United Development Party (PPP), National Mandate Party (PAN) and National Awakening Party (PKB). Basuki, known as Ahok, and his deputy Djarot, are supported by four parties, namely, National Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), National Democratic (Nasdem) Party, Hanura and Golkar Party. Meanwhile, Anis and Sandiaga Unio are supported by Gerindra Party and Justice Party (PKS).

The three pair of candidates have been engaging in intense competition during the campaign period, both on air and off air. Based on recent polls, the election is likely to be done in two rounds, as they projected that no pair would win above 50%.

Nationally, there are more than 100 regional elections held across Indonesia today, to elect governors and Regency heads. To allow the people to give their votes, the Joko Widodo government has declared today as national holiday.

President Joko Widodo said the different preference in the election “should not divide us. We hope all people can return to normalcy after the Regional Election (Pilkada). We all should preserve the unity (of this nation),” President Joko Widodo said after voting at 10.09 a.m.

VP Jusuf Kalla said, “we hope a peaceful regional election will bring blessings to the nation,” he told reporters. (*)

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