The Jakarta Post
Papua governor and deputy governor candidates Lukas Enembe and Klemen Tinal (Lukmen) promised in front of thousands of their supporters that they would maintain the solidarity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). They also promised to move forward Papua under the state.
“Both of us are the guardians of the NKRI in Papua. Up until today, Papua remains safe. Infrastructure development supported by [President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo] has continued to run, and it has been proven that in the last five years, we as Papua governor and deputy governor have managed to maintain the province to remain secure,” said the incumbent gubernatorial candidate during an outdoor campaign event at Theys Hiyo Eluay Square in Sentani, Jayapura, Papua, on Thursday.
The event opened the Papua gubernatorial election campaign period, which will run until the Papua gubernatorial election on June 27.
The Lukmen incumbent candidate pair will contest against pair John Wempi Wetipo-Habel Melkias Suwae (Josua) in the election.
Enthusiastic: Thousands of people show their support for Papua governor and deputy governor candidates Lukas Enembe and Klemen Tinal (Lukmen) in a campaign event at Theys Hiyo Eluay Square in Sentani, Jayapura, Papua, on Thursday. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)
The Lukmen pair is supported by at least eight parties, namely the Democratic Party, the National Awakening Party (PKB), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the NasDem Party, the Golkar Party, the United Development Party (PPP), the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), and the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI).
Meanwhile, the Josua pair is supported by two parties: the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party. The inaugural campaign event was attended by NasDem Party chairman Surya Paloh. "Lukmen has been proven successful in developing Papua; hence, they need to be supported." (ebf)