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Jakarta Post

EDITORIAL: Vote for our dignity


    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 18, 2017   /  07:57 am
EDITORIAL: Vote for our dignity incumbent gubernatorial candidate Basuki Tjahaja Purnama-Djarot Saiful Hidayat and Gubernatorian Candidate Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno participate during an election debate at the Bidakara Hotel in Jakarta, April 12,2017. The debate was the last official debate Held by DKI Jakarta Election Commision (KPUD DKI) ahead of the runoff in the capital’s gubernatorial election. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

Jakarta voters have three days of reprieve after the hectic and noisy gubernatorial election campaign before they cast their ballots on Wednesday. The cooling-off period should give them enough time to pause, reflect and consider all the important aspects in making up their minds about which of the two pairs of candidates are worthy of their vote: is it the incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama-Djarot Saiful Hidayat or the challenger Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno? The election campaigns, both for the first round and Wednesday’s runoff, have been the dirtiest, most polarizing and most divisive the nation has ever seen, even far worse than that for the 2014 presidential election, which we all thought was already the pits. One troubling aspect of this election is the use of religion, and to a lesser extent, race, in campaign rhetoric, not necessarily by the candidate...