The real battle in the Jakarta election will occur between Anies Baswedan and Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono as they will fight for the same pool of voters, specifically lower-income people and Muslims voters, an analyst has said.
“Support for Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama stands at around 40 percent in most polls and he will only need 11 percent [of the vote] to win the election,” said Ray Rangkuti, a political analyst with the Indonesian Civil Society Circle (Lima) in Jakarta on Sunday.
Ahok is a Christian of Chinese descent. With deputy governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat, he is endorsed by the Golkar Party, the NasDem Party, the Hanura Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) with a total of 52 seats on the City Council.
Meanwhile, the pair of Agus and Sylviana Murni, the Jakarta governor’s assistant for culture and tourism, is backed by Democratic Party and three Islamic-based parties; the National Awakening Party (PKB), the United Development Party (PPP) and the National Mandate Party (PAN). They have total 24 seats on the council.
The third candidate pair, Anies, the former culture and education minister and businessman Sandiaga Uno, is supported by the Gerindra Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) with a total 24 seats on the council.
Ray urged the two latter candidate pairs to not raise race-or religious-related issue to assail Ahok , as Jakartans disliked the exploitation of religious-related issues in political matters.