Bawaslu investigates potential violations at 212 reunion rally
The Jakarta Post
Ahok is serving a two-year prison sentence after being convicted of blasphemy in 2017. In 2016, the 212 movement staged what observers said was the largest peaceful protest since 1998 to demand Ahok’s prosecution for insinuating that politicians had used Quranic verse to manipulate voters to vote against Ahok.
Bawaslu member Mochammad Afifuddin said the agency decided to proceed with the investigation based on its own findings.
“We haven’t received any reports yet but now we are reviewing the potential violations,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
During the rally, Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, said in a prerecorded video that it was haram to vote for presidential and legislative candidates backed by Ahok’s supporting parties, based on edicts issued by religious leaders.
The FPI also endorsed the anti-President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo movement united under the hashtag #2019GantiPresiden (2019ChangePresident).
Based on the General Elections Law, a campaign event involving more than 3,000 people on a national scale can only be held between March 24 and April 13, 2019. (ggq/swd)
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