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Jokowi team reports Rp 11b, Prabowo 'not much', in campaign funds

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 24, 2018   /   08:25 am
Jokowi team reports Rp 11b, Prabowo 'not much', in campaign funds General Elections Commission official Hasyim Asy'ari (left) receives a initial campaign fund report for the 2019 elections from vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno (third right) on Sept. 23. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

The Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno national campaign teams reported their initial campaign funds to the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Sunday.

Jokowi team member Syafrizal told the press at the KPU office in Jakarta that the team had collected Rp 11 billion (US$742,291) for its initial campaign fund.

“Around Rp 8.5 billion of the fund is in cash, while the rest is in the form of services,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.

He said the funding came from individual and corporate donations, which consisted of one individual and four corporations. However, he declined to identify the donors.

Prabowo's team was represented by the vice-presidential candidate himself, Sandiaga Uno. Sandiaga, however, declined to reveal the initial funding. "Sadly, not much," he said as quoted by kompas.com.

Zulkifli Hasan, chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN), which has endorsed the Prabowo-Sandiaga pair, said on Sunday that the team had collected only Rp 100 million. "I'm not sure, I think Rp 100 million. Only that much has been collected so far," he said as quoted by kompas.com.

Besides presidential candidates, political parties such as the NasDems and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) also reported their initial campaign funds on Sunday.

The PKS reported its initial campaign fund collected in its account amounted to Rp 17 billion, with Rp 5 billion already spent on meetings, campaign displays and other requirements.

The party’s financial reporting team head, Unggul Wibawa, said the funding was collected from the party’s 553 legislative candidates running in 2019 elections, with each candidate donating around Rp 50 million.

Meanwhile, the NasDem Party also reported that it had collected Rp 500 million in campaign funding.

“We just opened the account five days ago and have collected Rp 500 million in funds and Rp 7 billion in the form of goods and services,” Nasdem’s treasurer Ahmad Ali said.

The funding for the campaign came from the party’s internal cash, donors and members. However, the NasDems have yet to report the details of the sources of the funds.

When asked about the target, Ali said the party had not determined how much money it needed to fund the campaign to win 100 seats at the House of Representatives.

KPU commissioner Hasyim Asy’ari previously explained that there were three types of campaign funding that needed to be reported to the commission for the 2019 elections, including an initial campaign fund report, campaign donations and final campaign fund report. (ris)