After The “El-Clasico” of Jakarta Governor Election: Time to Reunite

Otjih Sewandrijatun

By: Otjih Sewandrijatun

An exhausting and long struggle has been made as a good citizen by conducting a series of 2017 regional elections that took place in 101 districts with details of 7 Provinces, 18 Cities and 76 Regencies, including the Jakarta Pilgub featuring “el-clasico” duel between Ahok–Djarot versus Anies-Sandi has ended, and according to the quick count version won by Anies Rashid Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno amounting to 55.18% for Anies-Sandi and 44.82% To Ahok-Djarot.

However publicly stunned with a number of interesting facts and phenomena, especially in Jakarta governor election, among others: first, the couple Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok)-Djarot Saiful Hidayat back win at the polling station where Habib Rizieq Syihab punched. Ahok-Djarot also excels over Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno. The number of valid votes in this polling station is 536 votes. Ahok-Djarot won 286 votes, while Anies-Sandi 250 votes. There are 11 unauthorized votes. Meanwhile, the number of DPT in this polling station is 746 votes. However, the total number of votes counted was 547 votes.

Secondly, many predict that the second round of “el-clasico” will be tough, even a victory will be achieved by “split-decision”, but in fact the victory of Anies-Sandi is achieved by “unimous-decision” and credible surveys through its quick-count, such as the Indonesian Survey Circle with Denny JA founder named Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga  Uno pair getting 55.41%, while Ahok-Djarot got 44.59%, Polmark through his exit poll mention candidate Anies-Sandi which carried Gerindra Party and PKS and supported by Perindo get 56.33% beat Ahok-Djarot which carried PDIP, Nasdem, Golkar Party, PPP both camps Jan Faridz and Rommahurmuziy and PKB get 43.67%; And the Survey Circle of Indonesia also get relatively similar exit-poll results ie Anies-Sandi get 55.41% beat Ahok-Djarot who get 44.59%.

Thirdly, there are many people who think that the second round of governor election of DKI Jakarta will be colored by riots or chaos by referring to information spread in various social media, including mass mobilization from political parties such as PDIP and Gerindra or mass mobilization from mass organizations such as Banser and GP Ansor backing-up Ahok-Djarot, while the Laskar Pembela Islam-FPI, the GNPF-MUI, the Alliance of the Islamic Movement (API) and others who are behind Anies-Sandi, but alhamdullilah turns out the implementation of the second round of DKI Jakarta governor election takes place safely and smoothly, So the return of Jakarta citizens in particular and the people of Indonesia generally get a political dividend that is international praise related to the maturation of the development of democracy in Indonesia, this is also because there are 25 KPU from various countries also monitor the implementation of democracy celebration in Jakarta.

Fourth, although the victory of Anies-Sandi is still based on the quick count result, not based on riel count (the result of quick count of election observer institution with Jakarta KPUD riel count) will not be much different, the Indonesian people in general and Jakarta are especially presented with “positive news frame” Among others, Anies-Sandi did not satisfied yet with his victory even claimed to embrace Ahok-Djarot; Ahok-Djarot also immediately held a press conference to admit defeat (concede defeat) over Anies-Sandi with the soul of a knight even Ahok gives “personal guarantee” that his supporters will not do chaos; Even Ahok has met with Anies in Jakarta City Hall (20/4/2017). This beautiful phenomenon or fact will obviously be a potpourri which is a record of history and learning of democracy for our young generation, so it would be ridiculous if it be damaged by the circulation of a number of “hoax” information scattered in Medsos. To that end, the authorities are not wrong if they intensify the “cyber-patrol” to ban / block the accounts less mature or less wise.

Time to reunite

Admittedly or not, the implementation of Jakarta governor election which resulted in “head to head” Ahok-Djarot with Anies-Sandi had warmed up the situation and condition not only at the national level, but also at the regional level. Ironically, it is a “squabble” because the political choices in the governor election of DKI Jakarta are said to have penetrated into the private realm of family or household.

The fierce battle in governor election of DKI Jakarta was also “heated” with a series of blasphemy trial conducted by Basuki Tjahaja Purnama alias Ahok which also triggered a demonstration on 4 November 2016, 2 December 2016, 31 March 2017 including “routine unjurasa every Tuesday” Conducted by pro and anti Ahok mass groups. This series is also assessed by various circles has caused social segregrasi or cracking or tension among the community or extreme has happened pengkotak-kotakan in society alias emerged Ahok camp and anti Ahok stronghold, who had worried whether the SARA riots will color the governor election of DKI Jakarta. Fortunately, it turns out all these fears and worries are not proven.

Our society is clearly matured in reading the direction and the level of political development, our society is also not affected by the provocation of intolerant groups or troublemakers groups, the community is also smart in dealing with the rise of money politics and finally the people are able to maintain the environment during elections 2017. Pilot is a political dividend Which is unpredictable and a testament to the success and smoothness of elections in conjunction 2017.

The challenge for Anies-Sandi is to reconcile to strengthen the fabric of love among the people of Jakarta to return harmoniously. After that, the next challenge is how Anies-Sandi can use his power to prosper the people of Jakarta especially those who are still underdeveloped. This task is not light because the historical reality shows the truth of Montesquieu’s premise that states that power contains greedy. Every ruler tends to constantly enlarge power to unlimited power. Unlimited power will lead to arbitrariness.

The next challenge is how Anies-Sandi keeps the spirit of democracy based on Pancasila not based on liberal let alone based on the khilafah system which is currently being fought “taqiyah or secret” by transnational ideology in Indonesia. Anies-Sandi should abstain from the practice of government practice of liberal democracy, because it refers to Susan Mendus (2007) in Impartiality in Moral and Political Philosophy, liberal democracy is only the way a group of dominant politics gain state power through elections. Furthermore the power is operated based on the interests of the elites without the involvement of the people. The power derived from the people is not restored in the form of legal justice, security protection, and the involvement of formulating and implementing development policies.

Last but not least, Anies-Sandi should not attach importance to oversight and criticism of the course of government because oversight and criticism is a necessity in democratic order as a form of public accountability. There is no democracy without accountability, and no accountability without public accountability and no public accountability without control and criticism.

*) The author is an alumnus of Udayana University, Bali and a researcher at Center of Risk Strategic Intelligence Assessment (Cersia) Jakarta.

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