Lenny Tristia Tambun
Jakarta voters may see Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Alex Noerdin’s names on the ballot, but they won’t see either candidate casting their vote at the polls Wednesday.
Both candidates are barred from voting because they are not Jakarta residents. Jokowi legally lives in Solo, where he has served as mayor, and South Sumatra Governor Alex is a resident of Palembang.
“Jokowi won’t cast a ballot tomorrow. He doesn’t own a Jakarta ID card. So he will instead accompany Megawati, after which he will visit some TPS [polling stations],” the head of Jokowi’s campaign team, Maringan Pangaribuan, said in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Former Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has backed Jokowi in the gubernatorial race.
Alex will reportedly accompany his running mate Nono Sampono as the Jakarta resident casts his ballot in a polling station in Tanjung Barat, South Jakarta. The pair plan to visit some other polling stations in the capital to monitor the voting process.
Deputy governor candidate Didik J. Rachbini — a Depok, West Java, resident — is also unable to vote in the election. But the candidate’s teammate, Hidayat Nurwahid, the former speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), is a Jakarta resident.
As are incumbent Governor Fauzi Bowo and independent candidates Faisal Basri and Hendardji Soepandji.
Hidayat and Fauzi are scheduled to cast their ballots at a polling station near their residences in Menteng, Central Jakarta.
Hendardji will cast his ballot in Cipete Utara, South Jakarta, and Faisal in Ciasem, South Jakarta.