President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday officially initiated the 21-day
open campaign period with an inaugural speech in which he called on all parties
to make the upcoming legislative elections another success in the history of Indonesia's
Yudhoyono asked all election participants to obey existing regulations
regarding campaign procedures, including those set by the General Elections
Commission (KPU), on campaign schedules.
He also called on the citizens of Indonesia to utilize their right to
"Let's undertake this democratic procedure properly. Let's keep the campaigns
orderly and smart ... Let's answer to the challenge of history and make Indonesia a
mature democracy that is a model for the rest of the world," Yudhoyono said at
the Presidential Palace.
Yudhoyono reminded state officials specifically to comply with the 2009 law on election
campaign procedures, which sets out campaign leave and the use of state
facilities for campaigns.
"To all state officials participating in campaign, do not misuse your power or authority
... I instruct you all to continue with your main responsibilities while making
this year's elections a success," the President said.
"Development jobs and services to the public should not be disrupted or stop. I
ask all government officials to be serious in tackling the impacts of the
global economic crisis, which is still happening. Let's make it our top
priority to stimulate growth and serve the public, even though we are in the elections
period," he added.
Yudhoyono also asked the KPU to continually remind the public of elections