The Jakarta Post
The campaign team of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and deputy governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat for the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election has appointed celebrity Sophia Latjuba to be the team's spokeswoman.
Actress and singer Sophia will join a band of spokespeople to campaign for the pair ahead of next year's regional election, Hanura Party politician Miryam Haryani said on Wednesday.
"A celebrity is also a public figure who can raise votes from other artists. Sophia also has high idealism for Jakarta’s development," Miryam, who is also the spokeswoman of the campaign team told The Jakarta Post.
Other high-profile celebrities such as Krisdayanti, Aura Kasih and Cathy Sharon who are members of Hanura women's wing, Srikandi Hanura, will also support Ahok and Djarot in line with their party’s endorsement.
“They will join the volunteer team to promote Ahok and Djarot in the election, especially because all officials of Srikandi Hanura have to work together to ensure the victory of the [party’s] appointed candidates,” Miryam said.
There are more than 100 people who will join the campaign team led by city council speaker and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Prasetio Edi Marsudi.
Most of the members come from the four political parties supporting Ahok and Djarot in the election, namely the PDI-P, Hanura, Nasdem and Golkar parties. However, in the released list of members of the campaign team, no members of Ahok's volunteer team Teman Ahok (Friends of Ahok) had joined the team so far. (rin)
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