Thursday, 17 October 2019

Presidential Debate; KPU will Rightfully Expel Rowdy Supporters

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  • Indonesia's presidential candidate Joko Widodo (L) speaks beside his vice presidential candidate Ma'ruf Amin during a televised debate with his opponents Prabowo Subianto and his vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno in Jakarta, Indonesia January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    Indonesia's presidential candidate Joko Widodo (L) speaks beside his vice presidential candidate Ma'ruf Amin during a televised debate with his opponents Prabowo Subianto and his vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno in Jakarta, Indonesia January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The General Elections Committee (KPU) formed a team dubbed "Peace Committee" for the presidential debate on March 17 that will specially handle any ruckus during the debate.

    “This committee was created as a precautionary measure to any possible ruckus that may spark during the debate,” said Wahyu Setiawan, KPU Commissioner at Hotel Sultan in Jakarta today, March 14.

    The six-man team consisting of two representatives from the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin camp and two from the Prabowo-Sandiaga Uno camp, which is joined by one KPU member and one member of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu).

    Read: Sandiaga Uno Hesitant against Ma'ruf Amin in Presidential Debate

    The peace committee is mainly tasked to maintain order among supporters present during the presidential debate.

    “The committee is authorized to expel any supporter sparking disorder. Why? Because this debate is not just for the 500 people in the debate venue but for the interest of the entire Indonesian population,” Wahyu asserted.

    The March 17's presidential debate will see vice presidential candidates Ma’ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno face each other throughout four segments.

    RYAN DWIKY ANGGRIAWAN