The Jakarta Post
A survey shows that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, is a favorite among potential mayoral candidates for Surakarta, Central Java, where his father also started his political career as mayor.
Kaesang Pangarep, Gibran’s brother, was also nominated in the survey. The two brothers now run their own businesses.
The head of Surakarta-based Slamet Riyadi University’s public policy laboratory, Suwardi, said on Thursday that the institution had distributed 768 questioners but two were considered invalid. The survey’s margin of error is 4 percent.
“Form the respondents, 90 percent know Gibran,” Suwardi said when announcing the results of the survey as quoted by Antara.
Surakarta will be one of the regions in Indonesia that will hold an election in 2020.
Incumbent Surakarta deputy mayor Achmad Purnomo is as popular as Gibran, Suwardi said citing the survey, adding that Kaesang was in third place (86 percent), followed by Surakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) speaker Tegung Prakoso (49 percent).
Suwardi said the survey sought people’s opinions on the popularity, acceptability and electability of figures to be nominated as mayor for the city.
From an electability point of view, Achmad topped the list (38 percent), followed by Gibran (13 percent) and Teguh (11 percent).
In addition, there are also several other figures who were nominated by respondents, including Surakarta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Gareng S. Haryanto, Islamic figure K.H. Abdul Kharim and state-run March Eleven University (UNS) rector Ravik Karsidi. (bbn)