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Jakarta Post

Jokowi'€™s candidacy under threat

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 10, 2014   /  12:21 pm

People'€™s Synergy for Democracy in Indonesia (Sigma) director Said Salahudin says that the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle'€™s (PDI-P) less than expected results in the 2014 legislative election would likely pose a challenge to the presidential candidacy of Jakarta Governor Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo.

He said the '€œJokowi effect'€ had been proven ineffective in attracting votes for his party in the legislative poll.

'€œThe PDI-P vote gain, based on results of quick counts conducted by several pollsters, shows that Jokowi'€™s presidential candidacy did not have a significant influence,'€ Said stated in Jakarta on Thursday as quoted by Antara news agency.

In its second national working meeting last year, the PDI-P targeted 27.02 percent of the vote in the April 9 legislative election.

'€œIn fact, there was no significant increase in the party'€™s vote gain. By obtaining less than 20 percent of the vote, the PDI-P cannot walk alone in nominating Jokowi in the upcoming presidential election,'€ said Said.

He further said: '€œIf it insists on nominating the Jakarta governor, then the PDI-P must be realistic and form a coalition with other political parties so that it can meet the presidential threshold requirement.'€

To be able to nominate a presidential candidate, a party must secure at least 25 percent of the vote or win 20 percent of seats at the House of Representatives.

'€œBy obtaining, let'€™s say, 20 percent of the vote in the legislative election, the PDI-P could not win House seats in the number required. The further question is, with which parties will the PDI-P form a coalition,'€ he said. (ebf)


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