The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is scheduled on Tuesday evening to sit down with the secretary-generals of political parties in the coalition backing his reelection bid to discuss next year's presidential race.
The meeting, which will be held at Bogor Palace in West Java, is a follow-up of Jokowi's gathering with leaders of six political parties in the coalition last week, said NasDem Party secretary-general Johnny G. Plate.
The discussion will focus on technical matters concerning the election, considering that the period to register presidential candidate pairs is nearing, he said, adding that “political negotiations have concluded at the top level”.
"The meeting will show that [Jokowi's coalition] is one step ahead of [the opposition] coalition, [...] which is still unclear about its presidential pair candidate," Johnny said on Tuesday.
Parties in the current coalition backing Jokowi are NasDem, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Golkar Party, Hanura Party, United Development Party (PPP), Hanura Party and the National Awakening Party (PKB).
Several party chairmen have said that Jokowi only had one name left in his vice-presidential candidate list and it was up to the President to pick the time to announce the name.
The General Election Commission (KPU) is scheduled to hold its registration period for presidential candidate pairs from Aug. 4 to 10.
"We are ready to register [with the KPU], but whether the [VP candidate] will be announced to the public before the registration date is for Jokowi to decide," Johnny said. (swd)