TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PAN or the National Mandate Party argues that it would be very difficult to form a third axis of power in the 2019 Presidential Election (Pilpres 2019) following the difficult requirements to nominate a presidential and vice presidential candidate.
PAN’s central board (DPP) chairman Zulkifli Hasan said that it is nearly impossible to form a third political axis for the 2019 election outside of the incumbent candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Gerindra’s Prabowo Subianto since the minimum requirement to submit a candidate is to have 20 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives (DPR).
“That requirement forces political parties to form a coalition. It’s nearly impossible to form a third political power,” said Zulkifli on Sunday, April 22.
This well includes PAN that has 9 percent of DPR seats that will not be able to submit their own presidential and vice presidential candidate. This fact leaves them with two options in facing the Pilpres 2019, either join forces with opposition party Gerindra or the incumbent with Jokowi.
The current internal affairs at PAN suggest that there have been no talks whether the party will support either Prabowo or Jokowi in the form of a Party coalition, which was spelled-out by Zulkifli; “Everything is still discussed.”