Today is the day..

I managed to get my indosatm2 to work, yes I did! I’m just glad that I decided to give it one more try before getting into the car and start that long drive to Galeri Indosat. The review? Hmm.. not exactly fast connection. According to some friends on facebook, the speed varies in different areas, depending on how good the signal is, and the 3.5G factor, which I still don’t understand.

That’s the first thing, but the more important event that took place today is the inauguration of our new governor, Soekarwo, and his vice governor, Syaifullah Yusuf (pardon me for any miss-spelling). After 2.5 round of election, KarSa won, beating KaJi by some very small number. To be honest, I didn’t participate in any of the votings. Part of me didn’t know who to vote for, but that’s not the reason, I didn’t vote because I was unable to. The first round I was participating in ISBS (Sampoerna’s program for university students), the second round I was on my way from Jakarta to Semarang, and the third round.. needless to say, it was held only in Madura. But I keep up with the stories, and here are some of the interesting parts.

After the second round, the election got a little bit difficult and troubled. KaJi, who was quite surprisingly defeated by KarSa in the last minutes, demanded another round of voting because they were sure that somebody played the number of votes to the advantage of KarSa. And so there was the Madura re-voting (this was the result of a long trial). Weeks and billions of rupiah later, KarSa won again, by a thin line. As predicted, KaJi came back to the court of constitution, ready with data to proof that there were manipulations in the number of votes and voters. But this time the court would not let anything interfere with the results. It was official then, KarSa was the future governer for East Java, but this doesn’t mean that KaJi accept that. Even until today, 12 February 2009, the day of the inauguration, KaJi still claims that they are the actual winners (based on their paid spot on today’s Jawa Pos). There are absolutely no words of congratulations or signs of consents coming from them to the new governor. I guess KaJi just made themselves the opposition party now, and that’s normal in democracy.

However, I really don’t know which to believe, is KarSa’s victory a product of democracy, or is it a result of manipulation? Need I make it clear, I’m not on anyone’s side, again, I didn’t vote. But I do want my governor to be someone that is truly elected by the people (at least the people who vote), someone who really cares about the province and capable to lead us to face the upcoming 5 years with pride. That’s my concern.

What about you? What do you think??

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