In addition to pitching their programs and plans to develop Jakarta, the candidates running for governor used religious sentiments to bring in votes in the second round of the voting. Numerous tactics were used, from working with Islamic political parties to campaigning with the kiai and habib. Mosques have become…
The runoff Jakarta gubernatorial election is just around the corner. On April 19 this week, the two tickets who made it through the first round of voting, namely Basuki Tjahaja PurnamaDjarot Saiful Hidayat and Anies BaswedanSandiaga Uno, will vie for the votes of the mainly Muslim voters who supported Agus…
Anies Baswedan campaigned to get the support of moderate Muslim voters through the mosques, with the help of Jusuf Kalla’s inlaw.
Some 13,000 duplicate names have been discovered on the voter roll, in the leadup to the Jakarta gubernatorial elections. A fertile ground for election fraud.
Playing With the Fire of Conservatism
The most recent study by the State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta yielded surprising -- and worrying -- results: over 80 percent of the respondents rejected the idea of a non-Muslim leader and the establishment of other houses of worship in their areas.
UIN's Islamic and Social Studies Center (PPIM) conducted the study on 500 schoolteachers of (the Muslim) religion in five provinces at the end of last year. Some respondents also rejected the idea of educators of other faiths teaching in a public school.