Sabtu , 18 Maret 2017, 08:05 WIB

Research found ethnical solidarity is very strong in Jakarta Election

Rep: Dessy Suciati Saputri, Sri Handayani/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda
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A member of the committee took a photo of the result of final meeting on the balloting in Jakarta gubernatorial election, East Jakarta, Friday (Feb 24).
A member of the committee took a photo of the result of final meeting on the balloting in Jakarta gubernatorial election, East Jakarta, Friday (Feb 24).

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Bersatu Data Center (PDB) conducted a research and evaluation to the result of the first round of Jakarta Election. A PDB researcher Agus Herta Soemarto said there is a strong indication that ethnical solidarity might disunite the nation. ”There is a very strong ethnical solidarity. After the regional election, we see that there is a movement that potentially brings fatal impact to Indonesian unity. There is a strong movement from heterogeneity to homogeneity,” said Agus in Jakarta on Friday (17/3).

The research found that majorities of the voters in Jakarta Election did not vote based on the candidates’ achievements. They tent to vote the candidates who had the same tribes, religions, races, or groups.

Agus said the phenomenon was found in some areas with particular basis, such as in North Jakarta and West Jakarta. Almost all voting points which the voters came from a particular ethnics and religion had almost 100 percent of participation. Almost all the voters chose the candidate number two.

When the voting was based on the candidates’ achievements, the same trend should be found in the other areas. Agus said there were at least 505 voting points had strong ethnical and religion solidarity elements of the voters.

He added that the phenomenon was mostly found in minority groups. In majority groups, the ethnical and religion solidarities were only a political jargon. In fact, the result was diverse not only based on particular tribes, religions, races, and groups.  

In the area with Muslims majorities, there was no homogeneity. Even the candidate number two got most of the voters. Agus added that considering ethnical and religion factors in voting was a degrading phenomenon. It was potentially dangerous for the national unity.