Dialogue Key for Democrats in 2014

By webadmin on 01:43 pm Sep 10, 2012
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Markus Junianto Sihaloho

Markus Junianto Sihaloho

The Democratic Party will retain its status as the ruling party by continuing to fight for the interests of the people, a senior official said on Sunday.

Deputy Secretary General Saan Mustopa said the re-election of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2009 reflected the public’s confidence in the Democratic Party, but that a key to retaining the party’s rule in the 2014 elections was maintaining that confidence.

Saan said that Democratic Party members had to win people’s hearts by seeking a greater understanding of the problems they faced with continuous communication and careful listening.

“That’s the requirement. It’s impossible to understand if you don’t communicate with the people. If lawmakers and regional legislators are reluctant to go to the regions where they were elected, that’s going to be a problem. How can you win the people’s hearts if you don’t go to the grassroots and meet with the people?” he said.

The party has seen a decline in support due to a slew of corruption cases involving several of its leading politicians.

Saan on Sunday said that the party still has time to rebuild communication and trust with voters.

He added that unity among party members would be needed to win elections. The party, he said, needed solidarity in order to reach its full potential.

“Retaining the victory is not easy because the champion usually has to work much harder, twice as much compared to its rivals,” he said.

Similar to other political parties, the Democratic Party is also facing the challenge ahead of the 2014 presidential election of meeting all requirements set by the General Elections Commission.