Gerindra Still waiting to make a move until after PDI-P’s announcement – Gerindra will decide its next move after the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) officially declares its governor and deputy governor candidates for the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election.
Gerindra along with the Kinship Coalition will determine the running mate for its governor candidate Sandiaga Uno after hearing PDI-P’s announcement scheduled for Tuesday evening, Gerindra recruitment team chief Syarif said.
The Kinship Coalition was established by seven political parties namely the PDI-P, Gerindra, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the Democratic Party, the National Awakening Party (PKB), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the United Development Party (PPP) to challenge the nomination of Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.
Previously, the PKS said Sandiaga would run with Mardani Ali Sera, PKS member in the election. However, Syarif rebutted the statement, saying that Gerindra was still undecided about the deputy governor candidate.
“Since the coalition consists of other parties, too, we might choose Mardani, city secretary Saefullah or the governor’s assistant for tourism, Sylviana Murni,” Syarif said on Tuesday.
After deciding Sandiaga’s mate, the coalition will register the appointed candidates with the Jakarta General Election Commission on Friday at 2 p.m.;, he added.
The PDI-P has quit the coalition as it was considering supporting Ahok in the election along with Golkar, Hanura and NasDem, and the coalition is thought to be on the rocks after four parties the PPP, the PKB, the Democratic Party and PAN discussed separately joining forces in endorsing their own candidate