Tribunnews reporter, Mario Christian Sumampow
AMPONTOONS.COM, JAKARTA – Political observer Pangi Syarwi Chaniago called President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) a partisan president in which this will affect the bad legacy of democracy for the electoral system in the future.
The man who is also the CEO and founder of Voxpol Center Research and Consulting has reasons behind his statement as he reflects on the many times Jokowi has been active in various activities and endorsements related to the upcoming 2024 presidential election.
Indeed, Pangi continued, in his position as head of state, Jokowi is not good at contributing and being actively involved in accommodating this five-year political feud.
“The way to take care of democracy is the way President Jokowi is neutral, the way Jokowi thinks hard to be successful in 2024 election, not walking around, not rushing to prepare and be successful as president replacement for him,” Pangi said in his statement, Thursday (5/18/2023).
“The partisan president in the election clearly leaves inheritance which is bad for our electoral system and for democracy, the next president definitely has the potential to do the same thing because there is no learning and exemplary example from a statesman,” he continued.
Pangi also mentioned some of Jokowi’s previous steps, such as the consultation of the people (Musra) which was used as a bargaining power for Jokowi’s speeches which included many endorsements for the presidential candidate.
“Actively engaging in negotiations and even openly showing support will have a very dangerous negative impact on the conduct of the 2024 elections,” he said.
Jokowi’s move, Pangi underlined, is not entirely acceptable and will set a bad precedent for the incumbent president who will use an intermediary for the sake of temporal political interests.
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“If the president goes too far in determining his successor, there is obviously a big risk waiting for him,” Pangi concluded.
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