A political analyst said that the Rieke Diah Pitaloka-Teten Masduki pair could copy the campaign strategy of Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo down to the sartorial preference for donning the ubiquitous checkered shirt.
Analyst Gun Gun Heryanto of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University said that the Rieke-Teten ticket had the right to don the checkered shirt as both were nominated by the same political party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
“It is a valid strategy because they’re using the same political identity,” Gun Gun said as quoted by tribunews.com.
Gun Gun suspected that by wearing the same checkered-motif shirt, the Rieke-Teten ticket hoped that they could emulate the youthful and independent spirit projected by Jokowi in the Jakarta gubernatorial election.
“But what matters the most is the track records of candidates,” he said.
Last week, the PDI-P announced that Rieke, a member of the House of Representatives, would contest the 2013 West Java gubernatorial election. Her running mate will be renowned antigraft activist Teten Masduki.
Other political parties have also announced the names of their candidates for the election.
The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has officially endorsed the incumbent Governor Ahmad Heryawan as its gubernatorial candidate. He will be paired with film star Deddy Mizwar.
The Democratic Party announced that it had nominated deputy governor Dede Yusuf, also a former film star, to run as its gubernatorial candidate.