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Religious figures call for fair competition

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Religions in Indonesia

Religions in Indonesia

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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Various religious groups from the Indonesia Inter-Religious Council (IRC) have called on rival camps to compete fairly with a spirit of brotherhood during the upcoming presidential election on July 9.

"Campaign methods that could divide the community, create animosity among citizens, and damage national unity must be avoided," the general chairman of the Supreme Council for Confucian Religion in Indonesia (Matakin), Wawan Wiratama, said at a press conference here on Friday.

He affirmed that all sites must use the election momentum in educating people to increase their political awareness and increase their political participation in the development of statehood and nationhood.

"In addition, bribing voters and smear campaigns must be avoided as they fool people and reduce the quality of democracy," he added.

The IRC also called on all parties involved in the election to use the greatness and universality of religious values as a reference for their activities.

"We call on all parties and institutions involved in the election not to use religious sentiments for instant political interests and prevent politicization of religion," he noted.

Meanwhile, the IRC appealed to the people to exercise their franchise responsibly, respect democracy and fellow citizens, and accept and recognize the result of the election, however it turns out to be.

The presidential election will be contested by Prabowo Subianto with Hatta Rajasa as his running mate and Joko Widodo with Jusuf Kalla as his running mate.

Prabowo is a former army general, while Hatta Rajasa is a former economic minister.

Joko Widodo or Jokowi as he is popularly known is Jakarta governor, while Jusuf Kalla is a former vice president.

The Prabowo-Hatta pair is supported by the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Golkar Party, and Islamic parties PAN, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the United Development Party (PPP), and the Moon and Star Party (PBB).

Meanwhile, the Jokowi-JK pair is supported by the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP), Islamic party Nation Awakening Party (PKB), the People's Conscience Party (Hanura), the Justice and Indonesian Unity Party (PKPI), and the National Democrats Party (Nasdem).

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