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Sylviana may attract bureaucrats’ votes: analyst

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 27, 2016   /  07:03 am
Sylviana may attract bureaucrats’ votes: analyst Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (left) and his running mate Sylviana Murni show off their registration documents after registering for the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial elections at the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) on Sept. 23. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Deputy gubernatorial hopeful Sylviana Murni has the potential to attract the votes of senior civil servants in next year's Jakarta gubernatorial election on the back of her vast experience as a city official in the Jakarta administration, an analyst said on Monday.

The current Jakarta governor’s assistant for tourism has a long career record of serving in the city administration, Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) survey program director Sirojudin Abbas said.

The former winner of None Jakarta beauty pageant has previously served as Central Jakarta mayor, the head of city's primary education agency, acting West Jakarta mayor and acting head of Public Order Agency in her long career which started in 1985.

"Sylviana has wide connections up to the subdistrict level. The senior bureaucrats who dislike Ahok's leadership may support her instead in the election," Sirojudin told The Jakarta Post.

Moreover, Sylviana also has a close connection with former governor Fauzi Bowo, who is also a Democratic Party member. Fauzi might also be able to mobilize city civil servants to choose Sylviana and her partner in the race, gubernatorial hopeful Maj. Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono.

Four parties have thrown their support behind the Agus-Sylviana pair for the election, namely the Democratic Party, United Development Party (PPP), National Awakening Party (PKB) and National Mandate Party (PAN). 

Sirojudin also noted that despite his lack of political and administrative experience, Agus could attract voters on the back of the big name of his father, former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, as well as his military and higher education background.

"It is impossible if he doesn't have political leverage that may improve his chances in the Jakarta election," he said. (rin)

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