Daily Archives: April 19, 2019

Home Ministry lauds strong voter turnout in elections in Babel

Pangkalpinang (ANTARA) – The Home Affairs Ministry commended the people in Bangka Belitung Islands Province for turning up in high numbers to vote in the 2019 presidential election and holding the democratic fiesta peacefully.

“I echo the home affairs minister’s message due to the strong participation of Babylonians to exercise their right to vote. On an average, all of Indonesia, it is 80 percent,” Didik Suprayinto remarked on Friday.

Suprayinto noted that the Home Affairs Ministry had also lauded all ranks of the military (TNI), police (Polri), Civil service police Unit (satpol PP), and Community Protection (Linmas) as well as those toiling to ensure the smooth, safe, and peaceful implementation of the 2019 elections.

“We are upbeat of this conducive condition being maintained till the elected president is appointed later,” he affirmed.

Bangka Belitung Islands Province Regional Secretary Yan Megawandi stated that the general elections in Bangka Belitung were held in a smooth, orderly, and controlled way.

“The governor, along with the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda), General Elections Commission (KPU), and Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), left no stone unturned in managing and implementing this year’s simultaneous election activities in line with this regional government’s plans,” he remarked.

Megawandi pointed to the record turnout of members of the community for the 2019 election, exceeding 70 percent.

“According to the latest data, the participation rate has touched over 70 percent, the highest to ever be recorded in Bangka Belitung from a series of elections and post-conflict local elections,” he added.

Source: ANTARA News

Home Ministry lauds strong voter turnout in elections in Babel

Pangkalpinang (ANTARA) – The Home Affairs Ministry commended the people in Bangka Belitung Islands Province for turning up in high numbers to vote in the 2019 presidential election and holding the democratic fiesta peacefully.

“I echo the home affairs minister’s message due to the strong participation of Babylonians to exercise their right to vote. On an average, all of Indonesia, it is 80 percent,” Didik Suprayinto remarked on Friday.

Suprayinto noted that the Home Affairs Ministry had also lauded all ranks of the military (TNI), police (Polri), Civil service police Unit (satpol PP), and Community Protection (Linmas) as well as those toiling to ensure the smooth, safe, and peaceful implementation of the 2019 elections.

“We are upbeat of this conducive condition being maintained till the elected president is appointed later,” he affirmed.

Bangka Belitung Islands Province Regional Secretary Yan Megawandi stated that the general elections in Bangka Belitung were held in a smooth, orderly, and controlled way.

“The governor, along with the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda), General Elections Commission (KPU), and Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), left no stone unturned in managing and implementing this year’s simultaneous election activities in line with this regional government’s plans,” he remarked.

Megawandi pointed to the record turnout of members of the community for the 2019 election, exceeding 70 percent.

“According to the latest data, the participation rate has touched over 70 percent, the highest to ever be recorded in Bangka Belitung from a series of elections and post-conflict local elections,” he added.

Source: ANTARA News

The destination of Piaynemo Raja Ampat has been reopened

Sorong (ANTARA) – The management of the Piaynemo tourism office, Raja Ampat District, West Papua Province has reopened the tourist destination on April 18, 2019.

Chairman of a non-government organization which manages the Piaynemo Tourism Management, Brian Fakdawer, in Sorong, Thursday, said the tourist destination of Piaynemo was closed on April 17 for the smooth implementation of the 2019 election.

He explained, the Piaynemo tourist destination was only closed one day on April 17 during the election

and April 18 this destination was reopened for tourist visits.

According to him, the closing of the Piaynemo tourist destination was a form of support for local tourism managers to the success of the national election agenda.

In addition, he said, this tourist attraction was closed so that destination managers could come to polling stations in their respective villages to channel their voting rights during the election.

The manager has issued a circular to all tourism stakeholders, especially travel agencies, homestay, resorts, and cruise ships, telling that the Piaynemo destination has been reopened.

“We express our gratitude to all tourism operators in Raja Ampat who have followed the circular so that the election runs smoothly,” he said again.

Source: ANTARA News

Sandiaga Emerges From Defeat in Indonesian Election as Presidential Material

JAKARTA As Indonesia’s presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto stood on stage claiming a victory in this year’s general elections that few could believe, Sandiaga Sandi Uno, his running mate, watched on from behind, ashen faced and dour.

The image went viral on social media, highlighting a split between Prabowo and Sandiaga, who seemed at odds. According to all counts, apart from their own, they were defeated by the incumbent Joko Jokowi Widodo, who has claimed victory with 54 percent of the vote.

It’s a result Prabowo refuses to accept.

Sandi didn’t look very happy at being beside him last night. That was a facial expression we have not seen on Sandi for the entire campaign, said Greg Barton, Chair of Global Islamic Politics at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization.

Normally he’s full of energy and smiling, that’s his trademark. He looked like he was attending a funeral, he said.

What followed was an uneasy night amid speculation that Prabowo would instigate mass rallies following Friday prayers, prompting an appeal from Police Chief General Tito Karnavian who told all parties to end the mobilization of supporters.

Troops were seen being deployed in Jakarta.

Instead of rallying on the streets, about 1,000 supporters gathered outside Prabowo’s home in central Jakarta, where he again refused to concede defeat, citing his own quick poll result � which has been widely discredited � and vowed to challenge the result through the courts.

Well he certainly wants to get attention, of course he’s got a few weeks before the official results come out in which he can save face by these sort of stunts, but it looks increasingly silly, Barton said.

Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also warned the post-election situation looked tense and could potentially could harm the country’s security and political life while urging his supporters not to get involved in any act of violating Indonesia’s Constitution.

In a letter to his Democratic Party, Yudhoyono said the real results were determine by the General Elections Commission, where counting supports Jokowi’s claim to the presidency.

But through it all Sandiaga, a successful businessman, emerged as a crowd favorite with his honesty and moderate views on Islam, acting as a counter-balance to Prabowo who has a long history of courting conservative Muslims.

An Indonesian friend of mine said ‘Sandiaga is the son-in-law that every Indonesian mother wants’, said Don Greenlees, a senior fellow with the Australian National University. The big thing is can he find a coalition of parties or a party with sufficient support in its own right to back him.

He shapes up as a very good candidate for 2024, there’s no question that he has the ambition.

As the voting continued, Jokowi was a substantial eight percentage points ahead of Prabowo but this was still below expectations when compared with the double-digit lead he held in the opinion polls during the campaign.

Prabowo performed better than expected. He seems to have done best in the provinces that have the most pronounced Muslim identity. So the identity politics aspect of the election did bear out, Kevin O’Rourke, an analyst with PT Reformasi Info Sastra, said.

He also said Sandiaga had emerged as a future political force.

He has the asset base to finance another run. He has established a national profile and name recognition. But there’s also a few other considerations, O’Rourke said.

There’s going to be a few contenders for the presidency next time around, including perhaps Prabowo himself. The result yesterday may embolden him to make a third try, health permitting, and if so then questions arise about which parties might be able to nominate Sandi for a run.

Despite protests from Prabowo, which mimicked his response to defeat by Jokowi at elections in 2014, Indonesia was widely praised for its handling of this election.

For the first time the polls encompassed presidential, legislative and provincial ballots, included about 193 million registered voters and were dubbed the most complex elections in the world.

Fears that large numbers of voters among the 60 million-strong youth vote, known as golput, would abstain or deliberately spoil their ballots due to dissatisfaction with both candidates, proved unfounded with turnout at a record high 80 percent.

We have a pretty mature system, as far as polling is concerned, Barton added.

Source: Voice of America