VP Amin to invite vice presidential candidates to lunch, discussion

We seek to realize a peaceful election that does not trigger problems

Jambi (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has planned to invite three vice presidential candidates to a lunch to discuss efforts to prevent tension and conflicts before and during the 2024 General Elections.

“It is true that I am planning to meet with vice presidential candidates. However, we need to initially synchronize the schedule,” VP Amin remarked on the sidelines of his inspection on an integrated health post (posyandu) in Jambi Province on Tuesday.

The vice president noted that his side still awaits the time when all the three vice presidential candidates are in Jakarta.

“We are lobbying them to find a moment when the three of them are in Jakarta. This turned out to not be an easy task since one is currently in Central Java, one in East Java, and one in Papua,” he pointed out.

Amin then said he plans to meet the vice presidential candidates to discuss efforts to guide the supporters of each candidate to realize a peaceful election, as he believes that the candidates play a crucial role in this matter.

“We seek to realize a peaceful election that does not trigger problems,” he stated.

Speaking in connection with President Joko Widodo’s lunch and meeting with presidential candidates at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Monday (October 30), VP Amin said that the president invited the candidates as an effort to prevent polarity in the public.

The president continues to encourage candidates to compete in a fair and transparent manner while making efforts to prevent any conflicts from taking place, he affirmed.

“And also to avoid hoaxes,” he added.

The General Election Commission (KPU) has received the registration documents of three pairs of presidential and vice presidential candidates, namely Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar, Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD, and Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka.

The Baswedan-Iskandar pair has the backing of the National Democratic (NasDem) Party, National Awakening Party (PKB), Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), and Ummat Party.

Meanwhile, the Pranowo-Mahfud pair has the support of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), United Development Party (PPP), Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo), and People’s Conscience Party (Hanura).

Subianto and Raka have the support of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, Party of Functional Groups (Golkar), National Mandate Party (PAN), Democratic Party, Crescent Star Party (PBB), Indonesian People’s Wave (Gelora) Party, Garuda Party, Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), and Just and Prosperous People’s Party (PRIMA).

KPU has determined that the campaign period for the upcoming elections will start on November 28 and end on February 10 next year, while the elections will take place on February 14, 2024.

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