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Jakarta Post

Competitive South Tangerang election takes national spotlight

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 5, 2020   /  09:17 pm
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Mayoral candidate Muhamad and his running mate Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo arrive at the South Tangerang General Elections office on Friday in an old-fashioned public transportation vehicle known as an "oplet" to register for the December regional election. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

With its star-studded lineup of candidates, the mayoral race in South Tangerang – one of the fastest developing satellite cities of Jakarta – is being billed by many political analysts as a competitive electoral contest ahead of the Dec. 9 polls. Participants of the race include former local bureaucrats, the current deputy mayor and politically wired figures with connections to local and national political elites. The city, with around 1.7 million inhabitants, has a strategic importance to the candidates, with political analysts saying the election winners could potentially be worth watching on the national political stage. Former regional secretary Muhamad is running for mayor with running mate Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo, the niece of Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto. Meanwhile, incumbent Deputy Mayor Benyamin Davnie is hoping to succeed the current mayor, Airin...