Last day of campaign in Papua festive, smooth
Nethy Dharma Somba
The Jakarta Post
Tens of thousands of people from six regencies in Papua gathered in Wamena in Jayawijaya regency on Saturday to listen to candidate pair Lukas Enembe and Klemen Tinal on the last day of campaigning.
They came from regencies in the middle mountain area of Papua, namely Lanny Jaya, Tolikara, Nduga, Mamberamo Tengah, Yalimo and Jayawijaya.
The event at Hilapuk field did not disrupt traffic in the city, Jayawijaya Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Yan Piet Reba said on Saturday.
Reba has warned residents not to carry traditional weapons during the campaign period.
In his speech, gubernatorial candidate Lukas said he wanted a peaceful regional election. "Don't let Papuans get killed only because of the regional election," he said.
Lukas, who was the governor for five years before he left the position to begin campaigning, claimed that under his leadership development had come to the mountain areas of Papua, which had seen few infrastructure programs because of its challenging topography.
The other pair, John Wempi Wetipo-Habel Melkias Suwae, held their last campaign event in Imbi Park in Jayapura. Their supporters donned #2018GantiGubernurPapua (#2018ChangePapuanGovernor), in a direct jab at Lukas.
Lukas and Klemen were endorsed by the Democratic Party, Golkar Party, NasDem, National Mandate Party (PAN), Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI), National Awakening Party (PKB) and Hanura Party. John and Habel are endorsed by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle and the Gerindra Party.
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