Election is only counting days. The biggest democratic party is waiting to be celebrated by all the people of Indonesia. Ahead of the General Election, General Election Commission (KPU) and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) held Election Run 2019 at Parkir Timur Senayan, Jakarta, on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The event which featured the theme “Use Your Chosen Rights” was followed by around 1,000 participants.
The 2019 Election Run is an event to socialize simultaneous elections in 2019 through running 5 kilometers which involve the entire community of potential voters and electoral stakeholders as participants.
This activity is expected to be able to move the hearts and minds of the public at large, especially millennial generation to actively participate in elections by coming to polling stations using their voting rights on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
KPU commissioners also participated in the event and mingled with the participants to run. Among them are KPU Chairmen Arief Budiman, Wahyu Setiawan, Ilham Saputra, and Pramono Ubaid Tanthowi. The KPK was represented by its Deputy Chairman, Saut Situmorang.
The purpose of this event was to socialize the date of voting. “Incidentally for Election Run besides socializing the election and the date of voting, we also work with KPK to choose honest ones. Hopefully the people understand their voting rights and who should choose,” Arief said.
KPK invites the public not to elect candidates who have been involved in corruption cases. “If he is a former corruptor, do not be elected. KPK is firmly there, KPU is firmly there,” said Saut Situmorang at Senayan.
He said that the Election Run was a form of cooperation between the KPU and KPK for smart politics and integrity. Moreover, Indonesia’s corruption perception index is still low. In fact, the corruption perception index is largely determined by the behavior of democratic society.
“Therefore, we are encouraged by all means to carry out elections that are fair, honest, free, direct, public and confidential. And our tagline is to choose the honest ones,” he continued.
To ensure that the candidates selected in the voting booth are not corruptors, the prospective voters need to track the track record of the candidates concerned. This was also explained by the Chairperson of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Abhan.
“Be smart voters not because of lure, money politics, or anything else, but because of the track record,” Abhan said. He also invited all parties to oversee the election process and report it to Bawaslu if there were violations.
Protested by BPN 02
The running route started from Gate 7 Parkir Timur Senayan towards Jenderal Sudirman Street then went up to Semanggi Bridge, turned back towards Patung Pemuda and finished at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium area (GBK).
This made the National Presidential Candidate Agency (BPN) Number 02 Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno concerned about the Election Run because the event was held in conjunction with Prabowo’s grand campaign at Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta. The BPN previously hoped that the Run Election would take place at a different time from the grand campaign 02. Because, according to them, the mass of the campaign that came would be very large.
KPU stated that Run Election had been planned in advance. “Oh, it’s been arranged long ago. Before which draw is the campaign where and what date, the KPU has an Election Run’s schedule on April 7,” said Chairman of the KPU Arief Budiman after the Election Run at Parkir Timur Senayan.
Not only the dates planned long ago, even the place for the Run Election was also carefully thought out. The thing is, this is a national event that cannot be suddenly held. “This is an Indonesian movement. It can’t be sudden. The movement for this Election Run is all over Indonesia,” Arief stressed.
Held in Other Cities
Indeed, not only in Jakarta, the KPU also organizes Election Run in various cities. Such as in Lapangan Medan Merdeka and in Gunungsitoli City, North Sumatra and Pekanbaru City, Riau Islands.
Pontianak and Palangkaraya cities on the island of Borneo (Kalimantan) also did not miss participating in the Election Run. Similarly, in the Southeast Sulawesi Province.
Enthusiastic Election Run participants arrived at the location of the event at Gor Saparua, Bandung, West Java. Central Java Provincial Election Commission held a Run Election in Bendungan, Gajahmungkur, Semarang. Sasono Langen Putro Square in Sragen Regency, Central Java was packed with thousands of participants as a form of participation in the success of the 2019 Election.