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EDITORIAL: Value your vote

  • EDITORIAL

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 6, 2017   /  08:20 am
EDITORIAL: Value your vote the list of voters (DPT) in Pulau Panggang, Thousand Island , Jakarta, Saturday February 4, 2017.17.415 people of the Thousand Island Regency are eligible to vote during the Regional election on,February 15, 2015. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

The Jakarta political climate looks to heat up again as two candidate pairs, which the provincial poll body declared on Saturday as eligible to contest in the April 19 gubernatorial election runoff, will campaign on Tuesday. For the sake of fairness, incumbent Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his running mate incumbent Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat will have to take mandatory leave during the campaign period slated for March 7 until April 15, the poll body said, referring to Regional Election Law No. 8/2015. With a 3 percent vote margin separating the two candidate pairs after the first round on Feb. 15, both Ahok-Djarot and Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno will work day and night to make sure every voter turns up for the second and final round to help them win. Although the official voting results of the Feb. 15 election were not challenged by any of the c...