Wiranto Urges Indonesians to Vote Wisely

Kautsar Widya Prabowo    •    29 Januari 2019 11:59 WIB
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Wiranto Urges Indonesians to Vote Wisely
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Jakarta: Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto has said that Indonesians must vote wisely in the upcoming simultaneous general and presidential elections.

"We should pick the best president and lawmakers. They should have good competencies, characteristics and track records," the retired general said here on Tuesday.

"Political parties must compete fairly. We should avoid any conflict," the former Hanura Party chairman added.

Indonesia will hold the first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections in April 17. Voters will elect the president and lawmakers on the same day. 

In order to run for presidency, Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is endorsed by PDIP, Golkar Party, PKB, PPP, NasDem Party, Hanura Party, PKPI, PBB, Perindo Party and PSI. In the meantime, key opposition leader Prabowo Subianto is supporrted by Gerindra Party, Democratic Party, PAN, PKS and Berkarya Party.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) will hold five presidential election debates from January until April. All of them will be staged in the capital city of Jakarta.