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Presidential candidates for the 2019 general election Joko Widodo (second left foreground) and Prabowo Subianto (second right), accompanied by their respective vice-presidential candidates Ma’ruf Amin (far left, foreground) and Sandiaga Uno (far right), share a light moment after participating in the first debate at Bidakara Hotel, Jakarta, Thursday (17/01/2019). The theme of the debate was law, human rights, corruption and terrorism.

The first presidential election debate is done and dusted, with many skeptics believing that it was merely ceremonial.

The public doubted the veracity of the debate when the General Elections Commission (KPU) gave the candidates clues about the questions they had to answer. Doubts are now being raised about the KPU’s neutrality and independence. However, the debate, even though it was not perfect, has given the presidential candidates the opportunity to disclose their vision, mission and ideas.