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Central Java gubernatorial candidates prepare to face off on live TV

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang, Central Java   /   Wed, May 2, 2018   /   05:32 pm
Central Java gubernatorial candidates prepare to face off on live TV Gearing up: Central Java gubernatorial candidate Ganjar Pranowo (left) greets his contender, Sudirman Said (wearing batik shirt), prior to their debate at the Rama Shinta Ballroom of Patrajasa Hotel in Semarang, Central Java, on April 20. (JP/Suherdjoko)

The General Elections Commission (KPU) is readying the second round of public debates between Central Java governor and deputy governor candidates on Thursday. The debate will take place in Solo Baru, Sukoharjo, Central Java.

Two candidate pairs, Ganjar Pranowo and Taj Yasin Maimoen as well as Sudirman Said and Ida Fauziyah, are set to run in Central Java’s gubernatorial election on June 27. The Ganjar-Taj Yasin ticket is supported by a coalition of four parties: the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the United Development Party (PPP), the Democratic Party and the NasDem Party.

Meanwhile, the Sudirman-Ida ticket has the backing of four parties as well: the Gerindra Party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the National Mandate Party (PAN).

Ask away: The two candidate pairs for governor and deputy governor in Central Java’s upcoming election, Ganjar Pranowo-Taj Yasin (left) and Sudirman Said-Ida Fauziyah (right), listen to questions from the moderator of their debate at the Rama Shinta Ballroom of Patrajasa Hotel in Semarang, Central Java, on April 20.Ask away: The two candidate pairs for governor and deputy governor in Central Java’s upcoming election, Ganjar Pranowo-Taj Yasin (left) and Sudirman Said-Ida Fauziyah (right), listen to questions from the moderator of their debate at the Rama Shinta Ballroom of Patrajasa Hotel in Semarang, Central Java, on April 20. (JP/Suherdjoko)

KPU Central Java chairman Joko Purnomo said on Wednesday that the open debate would be aired live by two television stations, namely TV One and Metro TV, and relayed by several national and local television stations.

“The topics of the second debate will be about the economy and the delivery of public services. The candidates will be asked to answer questions that have been formulated by a team of five people comprising academics and activists,” Joko told The Jakarta Post.

“The candidates will also be asked to respond to problems faced by two marginalized communities in Central Java,” he went on.

Like the first debate, held on April 20, the second debate will be tightly protected. Central Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Condro Kirono said around 1,000 police personnel would be deployed to secure the event. (ebf)