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The Limp Winning Team

The identity politics exploited in the 2019 presidential election is not only a scourge for opponents, but also the shadow of the winning team. Self confidence is undermined. The choice is only two: survive or release.

Moncek Timur Village, Sumenep, East Java was lively on Tuesday night, April 16, 2019. Communities clustered in coffee shops. Around the motorcycle exhaust that roared and roared without stopping.

Agus, a resident of Moncek Village, who participated in the excitement, said the atmosphere had heated up a few days earlier. According to him, the only talk about the 2019 Presidential Election was the cause.

The community is indeed allowed to show support to the candidate pair (Candidate Pair) President and Vice President during the silent period of April 14-16 2019. No wonder, at that time, Agus often found messages of support roaming on social media and instant conversation applications.

The loudspeakers in the Boarding School was also used. The call for the community to choose one of the pairs of candidates according to Kyai’s mandate was called for.

“Here, we use loudspeakers in boaring schools, which range few kilometers from community settlements,” Agus said.

Kyai Haji Taufik Hasyim, Chairperson of the Nahdatul Ulama Branch (PCNU) Pamekasan said the effort to win Joko Widodo-Ma’aruf Amin in East Java was carried out with various strategies. The NU structure at the branch level to the village worked.

“NU and Muslimat (NU) are solid. We walked door to door to people’s homes. Many recitations are on the branches. Not yet (again) in Muslimatnya, Fatayat. This must be the way for all,” he explained.

This article was made by JARING team. A collaboration reporting between JARING and Tirto on election issues in Indonesia.

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