The Jakarta Post
The General Elections Commission (KPU) has rejected the revision to the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno presidential candidate vision and mission document, which had been submitted on Jan. 9, because the presidential candidate registration period had ended in August 2018.
KPU commissioner Wahyu Setiawan said the document was one of the mandatory documents that had been submitted by the candidates to the KPU in August. It could not be changed because the commission had provided an opportunity for a revision before it was uploaded to the website.
"The official document cannot be changed," Wahyu told Kompas.com on Friday.
However, he said, candidate pairs would still be allowed to convey their new vision and mission to the public.
Prabowo-Sandi team spokesman Andre Rosiade said they were okay with the KPU’s decision.
“It is okay because we made the document not for the KPU, but for the public,” he told The Jakarta Post.
The revised document, however, had appeared on the KPU website until Thursday evening and received criticism for being too similar to Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin's vision and mission.
Jokowi-Ma'ruf team spokesman Ace Hasan Shadzily said they had scrutinized the new document and found that the contents were 99 percent different from the previous one.
"There was none of the content in the [original] document, but now they have it and it has been translated to strengthening the constitutional economy," Ace said as reported by Tempo.co.