Colum by R. Kholis Majdi, Columnist
THREE days remain until the KPU registration opens. The Anies-Cak Imin campaign team has already sent a letter to the KPU, confirming that the pair, supported by Nasdem, PKB, and PKS, will register on the first day, Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 08:00 AM.
Anies-Cak Imin will be accompanied by tens to hundreds of volunteers from various regions. For instance, the Banyumas volunteer group plans to send two buses. Kudus will send one bus. Similar initiatives are likely being carried out by volunteer groups from other regencies in Central Java, East Java, and West Java.
There are also reports of volunteers from Aceh planning to come to Jakarta to accompany the Anies-Cak Imin pair during their registration at the KPU.
On social media, some claim to be from Riau and express their support for Anies-Cak Imin, indicating that they will be present at the KPU when the pair registers. The media could possibly inquire about the origins of the Anies-Cak Imin volunteers who will gather at the KPU. This is a new phenomenon and worth reporting.
A caretaker of one of the pesantrens in Rembang, Central Java, has informed that they will be present at the KPU on the day when Anies-Cak Imin registers. They won’t be alone; they are mobilizing their alumni to join them. Similarly, one of the caretakers of a pesantren in Jombang will also be present. This old pesantren has a significant number of alumni spread across various locations.
For Anies-Cak Imin supporters in the Greater Jakarta area, it’s been consolidated far in advance that they will be present at the KPU. The same goes for party members. If each party mobilizes 10,000 supporters, multiplied by three, that’s already 30,000. And that doesn’t even account for the volunteers, which could easily add tens to hundreds of buses coming to Jakarta.
On the day of the presidential registration, Jakarta will be swarmed by Anies-Cak Imin supporters. It appears to be a moment to prove to the people that Anies-Cak Imin’s supporters and volunteers are militant. They are not a paid movement whose work depends on logistics availability. Instead, they are volunteers who will work with a spirit of change.
It can be said that the Anies-Cak Imin coalition is the “People’s Coalition for Change.” They come to Jakarta because they want change. They support Anies-Cak Imin because they want change. The only motivating word that moves the volunteers to be present and accompany Anies-Cak Imin in registering at the KPU is the spirit of change.
They only believe in the Anies-Cak Imin pair, which has the intention and the spirit to bring about change. Therefore, they have traveled from Sumatra, Sulawesi, Central Java, East Java, West Java, and other regions to encourage the Anies-Cak Imin pair to take power through the 2024 elections, a legitimate and legal process.
The estimated number of those present is tens of thousands, and some even predict it will reach hundreds of thousands.
* R. Kholis Majdi, Columnist