Jakarta: Erick Thohir, the head of national campaign team of incumbent President Joko Widodo and his running mate Maruf Amin, is optimistic that the pair could attract young voters.
According to him, the current administration has issued a number of measures to boost creative industry. It also has built a wide range of supporting infrastructures to welcome the fourth industrial revolution.
In the past few years, the country's tech industry recorded a significant growth. It also produced various promising startup companies.
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"There are only seven unicorns in Southeast Asia. Four of them are from Indonesia," the influential businessman told reporters on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
"We want to support one thousand new startup companies. We are committed to provide them more resources," he added.
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.
In order to run for presidency, Joko Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin are endorsed by PDI Perjuangan, Golkar Party, PKB, PPP, NasDem Party, Hanura Party, PKPI, PBB and PSI. In the meantime, Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno are supported by Gerindra Party, Democratic Party, PKS, PAN and Berkarya Party.
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.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) will hold five presidential elections from January until April. All of the debates will be staged in the capital city of Jakarta.
The second presidential debate took place at Sultan Hotel in Central Jakarta on Sunday. The two presidential candidates discussed the issues of infrastructure, agriculture, energy, environment and natural resources.
The next presidential debate will take place at the same venue on March 17. The two vice presidential candidates will talk about health, education, human resources as well as cultural and social affairs.