Golkar Starts Extensive Campaign

GIANYAR ~ Golkar Party chairman Jusuf Kalla said his party started organizing a large-scale campaign this week for legislative election in April.

Kalla, who is also vice president, said during a dialog with Golkar legislative candidates here that the party would use all the strength it had to win the legislative election, which are scheduled for April 9.

He said that Golkar cadres would meet the people directly in carrying out campaigns because campaigns through the mass media, like with ads, were expensive and easily forgotten by the people.

“Megawati Sukarnoputri was defeated in the 2004 presidential election because, among others, she rarely visited voters,” Kalla said.

Golkar had prepared campaign materials such as posters, booklets and other items to support its campaign, he said.

The party would also print books – for example, on how to cultivate agricultural lands and how to cook, Kalla said.

Meanwhile, the Commission for Public Elections (KPUD), Bali, has proposed a donation of Rp1.6 billion (US$147,000) to Bali’s government for the legislative election.

Commission chief Lanang Prabawa said the donation would help with the costs of distributing election information, extra staff salaries and election party spending.

“We need the money for more resources, such as IT staff and vehicles for daily operations,” Prabawa said.

Prabawa said KUPD Bali would also be receiving around Rp16 billion from the central government.

Based on KPUD data, there are currently 4,900 legislative candidates from 36 political parties in Bali.

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