The Open Plenary Session of General Election Commission -KPU on Friday night decided presidential candidate Joko Widodo and vice-presidential candidate Ma'ruf Amin as presidential and vice presidential candidates with the serial number 01. While presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Sholahudin Uno as presidential and vice presidential candidates with serial number 02.
In his welcoming speech, Presidential candidate number 01, Joko Widodo called for all Indonesian people to make the momentum of the 2019 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election as a political learning and education. He hopes that the momentum of the 2019 Presidential Election can enhance the maturity of the people in politics and democracy. In addition, he also asked for the whole community to free the politics from defamation and contempt of each other which is contrary to the values of Indonesia.
“On this good occasion, I want to call for all of us to be in the framework of the presidential election. The presidential election is a democratic party. Therefore, on this happy night, I call for all of us to fill this Presidential Election for good political education to the people, for the maturity of the people's democracy and for the maturity of the people in democracy. Therefore, let our political contestation compete with the programs, ideas and track record. In the political contestation, I call for all of us: let’s keep away from mutual slander, insult each other, mock each other, disparage each other because it is not the ethics and values that we embrace, namely Indonesian values. Do not let because of this political contestation in the framework of the Presidential Election; the friendship between us is inhospitable,” asid Joko Widodo.
Meanwhile, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in his remarks also called for the implementation of the 2019 Presidential Election to be carried out safely and peacefully. This means that the democratic activity for presidential elections can produce the best leaders for the Indonesian people. He views that the Indonesian nation is a huge family. So, it takes mutual cooperation among the nation's children in addressing the existing problems.
“As the same as what Mr. Pak Joko Widodo said, I hope; I wish and I urge all Indonesian people, let us carry out elections with coolness in peace with a spirit of kinship to find the best for the nation, instead of looking for mistakes or shortcomings of one another. We must feel that we are all one in the big family of the Republic of Indonesia. Thus, we must address all the problems of the nation as a matter of our extended family. I hope all parties are always calm, unemotional, and self-refrained. Let’s welcome this process of democracy calmly. We hope all parties to be able to carry out their duties as well as possible for the benefit of the people, the future of our children and grandchildren,” said Prabowo.
The draw and determination of the serial number of the pairs of Presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2019 General Election were witnessed by all candidate pairs and support teams. In addition, the KPU also invited the Election Administrators Honorary Council -DKPP, the Election Supervisory Body -Bawaslu, the Commission II of the Indonesian House of Representatives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Home Affairs and a number of related parties at KPU Building in Jakarta. (VOI/Ndy/Trans by Rhm)