Jokowi and Ma'ruf Undergo Medical Exams in Preparation for 2019 Presidential Election

President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin, concluded mandatory medical checkups on Sunday (12/08) as part of a verification process in preparation for next year's presidential election. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

By : Sheany | on 7:14 PM August 13, 2018
Category : News, Politics, Featured

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin, concluded mandatory medical checkups on Sunday (12/08) as part of a verification process in preparation for next year's presidential election.

Jokowi, 57, and Ma'ruf, 75, were subjected to medical examinations at Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta for around 12 hours.

The results will help the General Elections Commission (KPU) determine whether the candidates are physically fit to fill the presidential and vice-presidential seat for the five-year term, should they win the election.

"After we are done with the medical exams of both candidate pairs, we will present the results and our conclusions to the KPU within two days," Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) chairman Ilham Oetama Marsis said, as quoted by Suara Pembaruan.

The association selected a team of independent medical examiners for this process.

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, 66, and his running mate, Sandiaga Uno, 49, were scheduled to undergo their medical examinations on Monday.

Once the KPU receives the results from the medical team, they will be made public, KPU commissioner Wahyu Setiawan said.

He added that the candidates can still be replaced if they fail to meet the medical requirements.

"Should one of the candidates fail to meet the medical requirement, they can be replaced … but we don't need to speculate. Let's just wait for the results from the doctors," Wahyu said, as quoted by BeritaSatu.com.

In such an eventuality, the affected political parties will have to endorse another candidate within 14 days after receiving a notification from the KPU.

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