TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The deputy chairman of the Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin national campaign team (TKN), Arsul Sani, said there were elements of political campaigns in Sunday's 212 reunion.
Arsul said, however, that his camp would not question the alleged violation to the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu). “TKN Jokowi-Ma’ruf will not question it to the Bawaslu,” Arsul said at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday, December 3.
Arsul said this was to keep the present political condition from deterioriating due to each camp's reporting on each other. Arsul added his camp was grateful as the reunion proceeded smoothly and was without a hitch.
“We leave it to the Bawaslu, it is also up to them if there are some communities that take it as a violation and report it to the Bawaslu,” said Arsul. Arsul added his camp was cognizant that the reunion was a forum from supporters of rival contender Prabowo Subianto.
“For us, it is clear that the reunion forum was intended to support Pak Prabowo’s presidential bid, if it was interpreted as a campaign, please, let the people assess,” Arsul said.
Many have viewed Sunday's 212 reunion as a form of political campaign due to multiple reasons, among them the speech of Islamic Defenders Front leader Rizieq Shihab, who called on the audience to refrain from voting for presidential and legislative hopefuls supported by parties labeled as supporting a blasphemer. Rizieq also asked the crowd to vote for the presidential candidate backed by the Ijtima (congregation) Ulama.
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