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Incumbent candidate may face blank box in Papua

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 4 2018   /  12:41 am

Papua may not have a new governor this year, with incumbent Lukas Enembe likely being the only candidate to run in the gubernatorial election.

The governor claimed to have secured the backing of 10 political parties, leaving the undecided Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party with two options: join his coalition or form an alliance to challenge him at the polls.

A political party must have at least 11 seats at the Papuan Regional Council to nominate a candidate. The PDI-P only has seven seats, while Gerindra has six.

If one of them decided to jump onto Lukas’s bandwagon, the governor would then compete against a blank box in June.

The two parties are unlikely to form an alliance in Papua. In the national political stage, PDI-P and Gerindra are foes, with the former leading the pro-government coalition and the latter being t...