JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN News Desk) - Commission is set to investigate viral video of Indonesian voters pledging to unseat Jakarta's "infidel" Christian governor as tension grows in city.
The Jakarta Elections Supervisory Agency is set to investigate a one-minute video of a group of people in traditional Betawi attire who pledged, by raising machetes in the air, to only vote for Muslim leaders in the upcoming April 19 election.
The declaration, the recording of which went viral, was allegedly made by members of the South Grogol Resident Forum.
The recording showed dozens of people pledging that they would not vote for an infidel leader, referring to incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, who is a Christian and ethnically Chinese, unless they were ready for azab [God’s punishment].
Jakarta election commissioner Achmad Fachrudin said the agency had received a public report regarding the video on April 11.
"The report has been followed up by the integrated law enforcement centre [Sentra Gakkumdu] and we've scheduled seven parties to come and clarify this thing," Achmad told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. The agency was examining the recording and could not as yet conclude whether any election violations had been involved, Achmad said.
Ahok is running for re-election in what has become a highly-charged race pitting conservative and secular-leaning Muslims against each other, as well as religious and ethnic minorities who are afraid of the creeping influence of Islam in the government.
On Tuesday, his controversial blasphemy trial was moved until after the election. He is accused of insulting Islam after he questioned an opponent’s use of the Koran last year, according to Reuters.
A recent survey held by Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting put Ahok’s popularity at 46.9 per cent while opponent Anies Baswedan beat him with 47.9 per cent.
The survey found 32.4 per cent of Anies’ voters favoured him because he is Muslim.