The official campaign for the presidential and vice presidential candidates begins this Tuesday, November 28. Over the next 75 days, three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates who have been approved by the General Election Commission (KPU) will meet with voters from all corners of the country. They have the widest opportunity to offer their vision, mission, programs and of course their self-image if they become the number one person in Indonesia in the future.
Anies Promises Clear Land Ownership Status in Tanah Merah
The number one presidential candidate, Anies Baswedan, started the first day of campaigning in Kampung Tanah Merah, North Jakarta, where he promised residents to get land certificates so that they have clear status.
“God willing, some of the matters in Tanah Merah that require the authority of the central government, if we are allowed to have authority, we will complete them. “So that Tanah Merah residents can live here in peace, their land status is clear, and they can live here with their children and grandchildren in peace,” he promised.
From Tanah Merah, Anies headed to Ciracas, East Jakarta, and continued to Bogor and Bandung, West Java. Meanwhile, his running mate, vice presidential candidate Muhaimin Iskandar, started his activities by visiting his mother in Jombang, East Java, to ask for permission to start a campaign. Followed by campaigning in several areas of East Java.
Ganjar and Mahfud Campaign in the Eastern and Western Edges of Indonesia
The presidential and vice presidential candidate pair number three, Ganjar Pranowo and Mahfud MD, started the first day of campaigning from two different points, from Sabang Island in the west end and Merauke in the east end. However, the event was connected to live streaming so that Ganjar could greet residents in Pasi Jaboi, Sabang Island, Aceh, and Mahfud could talk to residents of Merauke in Papua. The song “From Sabang to Merauke” also played in the live streaming.
Ganjar Pranowo started the first day of the campaign in the city of Merauke, South Papua, Tuesday (28/11). (courtesy: TPN Ganjar-Mahfud)
Ganjar, who was accompanied by the Deputy Chairman of TPN Andika Perkasa, Muhammad Zainul Majdi or Tuan Guru Bajang to Gatot Eddy Pramono, received a crown and noken from local community leaders. He said he chose Merauke as a form of his love for the Papuan people and at the same time confirming his commitment to prioritize development in Indonesia’s border areas.
“In this area of the land of the rising sun there is a big meeting where villages, remote areas, need to get priority for development. “This is the beginning of us moving together, working together, we will win later, we will always be with the people,” he said.
Ganjar also launched one of its flagship programs, namely “one village, one health center and one health worker.”
Cawapres Mahfud MD started the first day of campaigning in the city of Sabang, Aceh province, Tuesday (28/11). (courtesy: TPN Ganjar-Mahfud)
Prabowo-Gibran Have Not Campaigned Directly
Meanwhile, the presidential and vice presidential candidate pair number two, Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming, have not yet campaigned directly. Prabowo is still carrying out his role as defense minister, who on Tuesday afternoon held a meeting with President Joko Widodo and several ministers at the Bogor Palace. Meanwhile Gibran works as usual in Solo. The pair have also not released their upcoming campaign schedule so it is not yet known where they will start presenting their program to voters.
President Jokowi has actually given leave permission to members of the Advanced Indonesia Cabinet who are presidential and vice presidential candidates, namely the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD and the Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto. Leave permission was granted according to the schedule proposed by the two ministers.
The KPU has set the election campaign period until February 10 2024, followed by three calm days before voting on February 14. (em/hour)