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East Java is the second largest vote bases with 30.9 million Permanent Voters List (DPT) in 2019 presidential election. As a basis for Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) religious leaders play an important role in influencing the political choices of society. Covered by the same flag, the Kyai have different images about the candidate pair (Candidate Pair) number 01 and 02. The narrative about the religious identity of the two candidates was developed.

Intonation of Kyai Haji Ilyas Siraj suddenly rose. The caretaker of Nurul Islam Islamic Boarding School, Sumenep Regency, East Java did not accept being accused of using Islamic-based hate narratives addressed to boost the votes of Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno in the 2019 Presidential Election.

He returned to mention a row of accusations which he said were addressed by supporters of Joko Widodo-Ma’aruf Amin on his side. Starting from the Wahabi label to partiality on Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI).

“The Wahabi issue is so strong to us, if Prabowo wins Wahabi will take control, then it will be considered as a hard stream,” he said inflamed when met by Jaring.id, Sunday, May 5 2019.

Ilyas emphasized that the issue of religion influenced many people’s choices on Madura Island in the 2019 Presidential Election. As an NU base, this was unavoidable. Ijtima Ulama II, which directs support to the Prabowo-Sandi pair, becomes another consideration.

“Sumenep is the majority area of NU. The PCNU is very strong. Anyone who comes here is accepted, but still vote for 02, “he said.

Based on the results of the General Election Commission’s (KPU) vote count at May 21, 2019 at 23:54, the Prabowo-Sandi pair earned 436,196 votes or around 64.27 percent in Sumenep Regency, Madura. A quarter of Candidate Pair 02’s vote on Garam Island came from there.

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

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