Great maneuver of Super Joko avoid collision of Black Kompeng.
The Parodi of Black Campaign
Jakarta. Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) presidential candidate Joko Widodo on Saturday called on the Election Monitoring Board (Bawaslu) to act firmly against rumor mongering and rule bending in the run up to the July 9 election.
He cited an incident that came to light on Friday: The military said it was looking into reports that soldiers had canvassed a Central Jakarta Chinese Christian majority neighborhood, intimidating residents and asking them to vote for the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party candidate, former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto.
Under Indonesian law, soldiers cannot vote and are expected to remain neutral.
“I ask Bawaslu to really find the perpetrators behind the black campaigns,” Joko said at a press conference in Bawaslu’s media center on Saturday, using the local term for dirty political tactics.
He also asked the body to find the source a small-circulation pamphlet portraying him as a Christian, which has been circulated in Islamic boarding schools.
Joko is a muslim.
Lawyer Teten Masduki, a member of Joko’s campaign team, said military canvassing had spread “massively,” beyond Jakarta neighborhoods.
“We have to appreciate the people’s right to vote,” he said. “Bawaslu must issue a warning regarding the [illegal canvassing].”
He said that election monitors should take drastic measures to ensure military neutrality.
Bawaslu said that military top brass would be summoned before the board on Monday.
According to a recent survey by real-time data aggregator Politicawave.com, Joko and his running mate, former vice president Jusuf Kalla, have been subject to more smear campaigns than Prabowo’s ticket has.
“The [Joko-Kalla] pair are the candidates who [are targeted by] black campaign the most,” Politicawave founder Jose Rizal said on Friday. “The types of black campaigns directed toward Joko and Kalla involve race, ethnicity and religion.”
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