Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Candidate Presidents and their VPs

On Saturday, 30 May 2009, the General Election Commission (KPU) has officially announced the names & numbers of pairs of candidate President/Vice President who will be running for the Presidential Election on 8 July 2009.
(Photo: courtesy of The Jakarta Post).

The Jakarta Post reported that the result of drawing of numbers by each of the pairs shows that they will be competing as follows:
No.1 - Megawati Soekarnoputri(President) & Prabowo Subijanto (VP)
No.2 - Soesilo Bambang Yudoyono (President) & Boediono (VP)
No.3 - Jusuf Kalla (President) & Wiranto (VP)

According to Kompas, last Friday KPU announced the amount of campaign fund that will be used by the three pairs:
SBY-Boediono: Rp 20.750 Billion; Megawati-Prabowo: Rp 15.5 Billion; and Yusuf Kalla-Wiranto: Rp 10 Billion.
KPU also announced those candidates' wealth as follows :
1)Prabowo: Rp 1.5 Trillion plus US$ 7.5 Million
2)Jusuf Kalla: Rp 314.5 Billion plus US$ 25,668.00
3)Megawati: Rp 256.4 Billion
4)Wiranto: Rp 81.7 Billion plus US$ 378,625.00
5)Boediono: Rp 22 Billion plus US$ 15,000.00
6)Susilo Bambang Yudoyono: Rp 6.8 Billion plus US$ 246,389.00

In compliance with the Presidential Election Law, earlier all candidates have gone through general medical chek-up by a special medical team, and wealth review by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). But considering that all the processes have been completed earlier than schedule KPU has moved the campaign starting day from 12 June to 2 June until 4 July 2009.

With the above announcement, the candidates will now surely sharpen their campaign strategy to win the hearts of the people to vote for them. In this regards, I hope that they would only use fair, peaceful and non violent ways. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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