Monday, May 18, 2009

Presidential Election Candidates

On Saturday, 16 May 2009, 3 pairs of candidate President-Vice President who will run forthe Presidential Election on 8 July have registered themselves with the General Election Commission (KPU). Afterwards they have all gone through general medical checkup and reported their wealth so as to comply with the Presidential Election Law.

The first pair is incumbent Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Chairman of the Golkar Party as Candidate President, and retired Army General Wiranto, Chairman of the Hanura Party as Candidate Vice President.
The second pair is former President Megawati, Chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party in Struggle, as Candidate President, and retired Army General Prabowo Subijanto as Candidate Vice President.
The last pair is incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono, Head of the Supervision Committee of the Democrat Party, and the non partisan Governor of Bank Indonesia i.e Prof.Dr. Boediono as Candidate Vice President. Justice Welfare Party (PKS), National Mandate Party and the National Awakening Party (PKB), plus 21 other smaller parties.
All candidates are confident that they will pass the medical check-up. If KPU declare that they eligible, they should prepare themselves for the election campaign. And according to KPU Regulation No. 28/2009 Art.33 Par.1, the campaign period would be 3 days after KPU declared their eligibility until 3 days before the Election Day on 8 July.

Now that the political parties have announced their candidate Presidents & Vice Presidents, I hope that they would all make sure that the efforts to win their candidates would be done peacefully and respectfully, avoiding any violence and foul play including money politics.

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