After months of political debates and campaigning, the people of Jakarta have chosen Joko Widodo and his running mate, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, to lead the capital for the next five years.
We congratulate the winners and wish them well. We also congratulate the people of Jakarta for the peaceful manner in which the elections were conducted and finally we congratulate outgoing governor Fauzi Bowo for his exemplary conduct in accepting the voice of the people.
This is the nature of democracy. Elections have winners and losers but the system must prevail. The voice of the people must be respected and both camps must come together. It is heartening to hear Jokowi say that he will consult with Fauzi and tap his experience in building the city.
Although the official results will be announced in a week’s time, all quick-count tabulations pointed to a victory for Jokowi. He must now work hard to fulfill the aspirations of Jakartans and continue the work began by his predecessor.
“This victory actually gives me and my team a huge mandate of responsibility that requires hard work because there are many problems to be solved in the capital city,” Jokowi told journalists after results of quick count tabulations by different agencies declared him the winner of the election.
The people of Jakarta will now hold him to his word. The new governor must work with all segments of society, including the business community, to improve the city and solve its most pressing problems.
Suryo Sulisto, chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), stated his willingness to work with Jokowi to solve the city’s crippling traffic congestion. The new governor should take up the offer, as only by bringing all stakeholders together will we build our city.