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Jakarta Post

Amid doubts, minority groups to vote for 'lesser of two evils'

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 9, 2019   /  10:27 am
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Getting job done: Voters await their turn to be issued with a permit letter called the A5 form that will allow them to cast their vote at polling stations other than those at which they are registered in the Central Jakarta office of the General Elections Commission (KPUD Jakarta) on Monday. Voters can request the form until April 10 at the latest.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistya tama)

Amid the festivities on the campaign trails of the presidential candidates, minority groups feel they are being left out in the cold by both Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, who appear to be focusing their efforts on wooing the majority community. Several minority groups in the country noted that in the five months since the election campaigns kicked off, neither of the candidates had specifically spoken about protecting minorities who often receive backlash and intimidation from intolerant groups. The external affairs official of the Ahmadiyah Indonesia Congregation (JAI), Kandali Achmad Lubis, said members of the congregation would still vote on April 17, explaining that they had agreed not to abstain from the presidential election to prevent “evil from taking power”. “We have instructed them to keep voting and they are free to choose an...