Jokowi-JK Focuses on Governance, Prabowo-Hatta Prioritizes Basic Services

Jakarta 8 June 2014.  On the Indonesia’s upcoming presidential elections on July 9, 2014, two opposing tickets will compete for the positions of President and Vice President, Prabowo – Hatta and Jokowi – JK. At the moment, the presidential election has begun its campaign period, with each presidential candidate is in the process of spreading their vision, mission and program, giving promises to all Indonesians.

Unfortunately, both presidential candidates have presented so little in a way of arguments regarding their vision, mission and programs. Instead, the public has been served with only low quality campaign material, particularly on the issue of SARA (ethnicity, religioin, race, and inter-group relations). The campaign is supposed to be an educational tool for public, so they may give a rational and intelligent vote.

Vision, mission and programs show the biases and policy priorities of each ticket. The investigation of the candidates’ visions and missions will be useful for the voters as well as a data regarding the realization of political promises during the administration of the elected candidates.

Scoring of Vision Mission

The Coalition for Civil Liberties and Open Government has conducted a review and assessment of the vision, mission and program proposals prepared by each pair of candidates. These reviews and assessments were conducted based on the compatibility between the vision, mission and programs of each candidate and the expectation of civil society on five core issues (Governance, Democracy and Civil Liberty, Law Reform, Law Enforcement, and Basic Services). The assessments were conducted by giving a score of 1 (one) for each aspect of the vision, mission and working programs in accordance with the measured main issues. The results of the reviews and assessments are as follows:

1. From the 210 elements of visions, missions and programs of both tickets that were assessed, Jokowi-JK scored more highly than Prabowo-Hatta, with a score of 140 versus 70.

2. Jokowi-JK also scored more highly on four core issues: governance, democracy & civil liberty, law reform and law enforcement.

3. Prabowo-Hatta scored slightly higher in regards of basic services, compared to the programs offered by Jokowi-JK.

4. Both candidates seem to not give significant attention to the issue of law reform. This lack of attention was apparent in the visions, missions and programs, that minimally represented the issue.

5. Prabowo-Hatta provided little attention to the issues of democracy and civil liberties. This is differed from Jokowi – JK ticket, which offered 21 agendas related to this issue.

A detailed assessment can be read in the attached document (in Bahasa Indonesia). The result of the research and assessment is expected to help the public to make a fully informed vote based on the vision, mission and programs offered by each candidate and not on the basis of low quality of information, particularly regarding the issues of ethnicity, religioin, race, and inter-group relations.

Coalition for Civil Liberties & Open Government 

PSHK – Pusat Studi Hukum & Kebijakan Indonesia/ Indonesian Center for Law and Policy Studies, YAPPIKA – Yayasan Penguatan Partisipasi, Inisiatif dan Kemitraan Masyarakat Indonesia / The Indonesian Foundation to Strengthen Civil Society Participation, Initiatives and Partnerships, PATTIRO – Pusat Telaah dan Informasi Regional / Center for Regional Information and Studies, IPC – Indonesia Parliamentary Center / Indonesian Parliamentary Center, TII – Transparency International Indonesia

Contact Person: 

1. Ilham Saenong –TII (0818168441)

2. Fransisca Fitri – YAPPIKA (0818202815)

3. Danardono Siradjudin – PATTIRO (08111870300)

4. Desiana Samosir – IPC (081369281962)

5. Ronald Rofiandri – PSHK (0818747776)

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