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Jakarta Post

Jokowi calls for unity as local election campaign kicks off

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar   /   Thu, February 15, 2018   /   06:26 pm
Jokowi calls for unity as local election campaign kicks off A General Elections Commission (KPU) mascot for the 2018 regional elections named Coklit stands in front of the KPU building in Jakarta on Jan. 18. The mascot is being used to raise awareness of a KPU campaign to verify and update voter data. The campaign was launched on Jan. 20 in 381 regencies and municipalities and 31 provinces. JP/Rifky Dewandaru (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for Indonesians to maintain unity and harmony as the local election campaign period begun today.

“Let’s maintain our unity, harmony and solidarity. Don’t let elections of governors, regents, mayors and president divide us,” Jokowi said during a visit to Gowa, South Sulawesi, on Thursday.

Jokowi added that Indonesia had been blessed with diversity in religions and ethnicities.

“Diversity is God’s blessing for our country. Let’s maintain that together,” he said.

Today marked the first day of the campaign period for the simultaneous local elections. On June 27, 171 areas including 17 provinces, 39 cities and 115 regencies, will see eligible voters casting the ballot to choose their leaders.