New hopefuls: West Java gubernatorial candidate Rieke Diah Pitaloka and her running mate Teten Masduki submit their candidacy at the West Java General Elections Commission (KPU) on Saturday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)-backed pair wore checkered shirts, which were a gift from Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo. (JP/Arya Dipa)
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Rieke Diah Pitaloka and antigraft activist Teten Masduki became the first gubernatorial pair backed by the political party to submit their candidacy on Saturday.
Rieke and Teten arrived at the West Java General Elections Commission (KPU) in checkered shirts, which were reportedly a gift from PDI-P politician and Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
Rieke, Teten and their supporters marched for 1.5 kilometers from West Java's PDI-P headquarters on Jl. Perjuangan to the KPU office. The pair is supported solely by the PDI-P, the second-largest faction in the West Java Legislative Council with 17 seats, for the upcoming election scheduled for February next year.
After Rieke and Teten, incumbent Deputy Governor Yusuf Macan Effendi, popularly known as Dede Yusuf, and his running mate Lex Laksamana submitted their candidacy to the KPU.
Dede and Lex are supported by the Democratic Party, the largest faction on the legislative council with 28 seats, the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and the National Awakening Party (PKB).
Dede, a former actor during the 1990s and Lex, who recently retired as West Java secretary, arrived at the KPU office in a public minivan. Dede drove the minivan, saying that a governor should act as a driver to take his people in the right direction.
On Saturday afternoon, incumbent Governor Ahmad “Aher” Heryawan and his running mate Deddy Mizwar registered their candidacy with the KPU. The two candidates are backed by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the United Development Party (PPP), the Crescent Star Party (PBB) and the Peoples Conscience Party (Hanura).
The West Java KPU opened registration for the gubernatorial election on Tuesday and will close it at midnight on Saturday.
Another gubernatorial candidate, Irianto “Yance” MS Syaifuddin, and his running mate Tatang Farhanul Hakim are scheduled to submit their candidacy by Saturday night.
Yance is a Golkar Party politician while Tatang is the former Tasikmalaya regent and a member of PAN.
Apart from the four political party-backed gubernatorial hopefuls, one independent pair, Ins. Gen. (ret.) Dikdik Mulyana Arief Mansur and his running mate Cecep Nana Suryana Toyib, also submitted their candidacy.
As independent candidates, Dikdik, former South Sumatra Police chief and Cecep, former Indramayu regional secretary, must secure at least 1,474,614 valid signatures from residents living in 14 regencies and cities. (cor/lfr)