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Jakarta Post

Jakarta election debate to be held on April 12

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 16, 2017   /   06:45 pm
Jakarta election debate to be held on April 12 Standing firm -- incumbent gubernatorial candidate Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (standing) explains his program during an election debate at the Bidakara Hotel in Jakarta on Feb. 10. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) has announced that only one more official candidate debate would be held ahead of the runoff in the capital’s gubernatorial election. That debate is scheduled for April 12.

Just like the debates ahead of the first round in the election, the upcoming one would start at 7.30 p.m., KPU Jakarta head Sumarno said on Thursday, adding that the commission had not yet decided on the venue, the moderator or the topics to be debated.

“We will determine the debate format this week by inviting representatives of the campaign teams for a discussion,” he said at his office in Salemba, Central Jakarta.

Sumarno said the commission would formulate a debate that enabled all candidates to sharpen their visions and missions.

The debate would touch on different themes than the debates held on Jan. 13, Jan. 27 and Feb. 10.

Even if the themes covered matters discussed in the previous debates, the questions would be more specific this time, he said.

Sumarno added that the commission would engage CNN TV, Kompas TV, Jak TV and SCTV as host stations for the debate, which would also be broadcast by nine other television stations.