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Indonesia election: Supporters go creative with music videos

As Indonesia's two presidential candidates hit the campaign trail, their supporters have gone online to rev up support with their own creative ideas, which include producing music videos.

JAKARTA: 186 million voters have registered to pick Indonesia's next president on July 9.

According to Indonesia's Election Commission, the number of voters who have registered is three million more than last April's parliamentary elections.

Indonesians will choose between a former military general and the governor of Jakarta to succeed Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as the country’s president.

As the two candidates hit the campaign trail, their supporters have gone online to rev up support with their own creative ideas.

Supporters of former military general Prabowo Subianto call themselves "Sahabat Prabowo", or "Friends of Prabowo".

To show their support, they have produced a music video using American singer Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy".

Supporters of Joko Widodo, the Jakarta governor, however prefer an original rendition.

There is a hip-hop song by local artists Kill The DJ and Balance, which is yet to have a video.

But very soon, the song called “Salam Dua Jari” or "Two-Fingers Salute" will be turned into a music video.

The two-finger sign signifies the number two, which is the electoral number for Mr Widodo or also known as Jokowi in the presidential race.

It is sung by dozens of popular Indonesian singers.

Other supporters were more direct, producing their own commercials and uploading them online.

Very few would dispute that Indonesians are creative and musically talented.

And they are certainly using their talent to rev up support for their respective candidates and hoping to win over those who are still undecided, who by some estimates account for 40 per cent of voters.

But even if they are not swayed or simply cannot vote, such creativity is simply too good to be missed.  

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