Candidates nominated by the Golkar Party were soundly trounced in five of Lampung’s regional elections Tuesday, despite personal campaigning in the region by party chairman Aburizal Bakrie.
In the provincial capital of Bandarlampung, Golkar’s Kherlani and Heru Sambodo lost to Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) contenders Herman H.N. and Thobroni Harun.
In Metro city, Golkar’s Djohan and Herno were trounced by the Democratic Party’s ticket of Lukman Hakim and Chandra.
In South Lampung, Golkar previously courted the Justice Prosperous Party (PKS), National Awakening Party (PKB) and Reform Star Party (PBR) with the nomination of Wendy Melfa and Antoni Imam, but the ticket was defeated by Rycko Menoza and Eki Setyanto, who were supported by the PDI-P, the Democratic Party, Gerindra and the Nahdlatul Ulama Awakening Party (PKNU).
A Golkar/PKS coalition in Pesawaran regency that backed Pattimura and Johan Sulaiman was defeated by Aries Sandi and Musiran, from the Democratic Party and PKB.
In Way Kanan, Agung Ilmu Mangkunegara and Surya Sumantri were supported by Golkar, PDI-P, United Development Party (PPP), PBR and the National Mandate Party (PAN).
The ticket lost to Bustami Zainudin and Raden Nasution, who were backed by the PKS, PKB and the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI).
Golkar’s poor performance at the polls is a cause of concern, said a party executive board member.
“The polls in Lampung will serve as a judgment because election results are a barometer for the next legislative and presidential elections,” regional coordinator Tri Hanurita said.
During campaigning in Lampung, Aburizal predicted Golkar victories in four of the six regency and mayor’s elections held Tuesday.
Election results support some observers who previously agreed that political parties were a vehicle for candidates to register with the elections commission and that there is no correlation between votes garnered by parties in the legislative election and those gathered in regional elections.