The Jakarta Post
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.