The Indonesian presidential and vice presidential campaigns have officially kicked off on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, with three pairs of candidates commencing their efforts to secure the nation's leadership. The contenders include Anies Baswedan and Muhaimin Iskandar, Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Ganjar Pranowo and Mohammad Mahfud.
The Campaign Trail
Anies and his running mate Cak Imin initiated their campaign in Jakarta and Surabaya respectively. In densely populated areas of the capital, Anies pledged to lower the prices of staple commodities and boost job opportunities. Prabowo and Gibran, on the other hand, focused their campaign efforts in the Jabodetabek area - an urban agglomeration that includes Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi.
Contrastingly, Ganjar and Mahfud Md embarked on their campaign trail in the furthest regions of Indonesia. Ganjar began his campaign in the easternmost South Papua province, while Mahfud commenced his campaign in the westernmost province of Aceh.
A Vision for a Superior Indonesia
Setting themselves apart from the other candidates, the Ganjar-Mahfud Md ticket released a comprehensive 33-page document outlining their vision and mission. The document's prominent goal, stated on page 11, is: "Towards a Superior Indonesia with Quick Action to Realize a Just and Sustainable Maritime Nation."
Supporting their overarching vision, Ganjar and Mahfud Md have detailed eight rapid action missions. These include a comprehensive education plan that proposes a mandatory 12-year free education program. The pair have also set an ambitious goal of ensuring at least one university graduate in every impoverished family in Indonesia.
Indonesia's Upcoming Election
Indonesia's presidential election is slated for February 14, 2024, with approximately 205 million of the nation's 270 million population eligible to vote. The election campaign is set to last for 75 days, concluding on February 10, 2024, as announced by the Indonesian Election Commission.
The winner of the election will succeed President Joko Widodo, who is completing his maximum two terms ruling Southeast Asia's largest economy. Each candidate brings a unique approach to the table, and their campaigns have just begun. The next few months will undoubtedly be decisive for Indonesia's political future.