Ridwan Kamil looks at West Java’s re-election, not Jakarta: Golkar – Politics

As parties explore potential candidates for the upcoming simultaneous regional elections, former West Java governor Ridwan Kamil may have his sights set on a re-election run rather than competing in a race for the governor’s post in Jakarta, the Golkar Party said .

Golkar lawmaker and head of the party’s West Java office Ace Hasan Syadzily told reporters after a plenary session of the House of Representatives on Tuesday that Ridwan had told the party that he wanted to run for a second term as governor of West Java.

“I have said several times to party chairman (Airlangga Hartarto): I think Ridwan is better suited to operate in West Java,” Ace said. “But it will still be up to the party, the chairman and the Central Board of Governors (DPP) as to where he will be placed (in the upcoming regional elections).”

The upcoming regional elections, scheduled for November 27, will be the first time voters will elect their governors, mayors and regents simultaneously in 37 provinces (minus Yogyakarta) and more than 500 regencies and cities.

Chairman Airlangga previously said the party would decide on Ridwan’s appointment in the coming months based on his electability ratings.

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An opinion survey conducted in March by Accurate Research and Consulting Indonesia (ARCI) showed that Ridwan was the most popular figure for West Java governor, with support from 21 percent of respondents. Several opinion polls also placed him among popular figures for Jakarta governor.