Jakarta: Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto received Democratic Party Joint Task Command head Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono at his office in Central Jakarta on Friday.
"We discussed about the current political situation in the country. Both of us expressed hope for peaceful and respectul elections," the minister told the press after the meeting.
Agus is the eldest son of Democratic Party chairman and former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Democratic Party decided to endorse opposition leader Prabowo Subianto in the upcoming presidential election.
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Wiranto is the founder of People's Conscience (Hanura Party). Hanura Party decided to support incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in this year's presidential race.
Indonesia will hold its first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters will elect the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
According to the official data, as many as 192 million people will be eligible to vote this year. In addition to that, around 800 thousand polling stations will be opened on the voting day.
In the 2009 general elections, the participation rate stood at 71 percent. Five years later, the participation rate increased to 74 percent.
A recent survey from Roy Morgan shows that President Jokowi is set for a comfortable re-election in April’s Presidential Election. This Morgan Poll on Indonesian Presidential and Parliamentary voting intention was conducted in January 2019 with an Indonesian-wide cross-section of 1,039 electors aged 17 or more and in December 2018 with an Indonesian-wide cross-section of 1,045 electors aged 17 or more.
According to the survey, President Jokowi had the support of 58% of electors in January. It was up by 5% from the 2014 Indonesian Presidential Election.
On the other hand, Prabowo had the support of 42% of electors in January. It was down 5% from the previous presidential election.