Indonesia’s main opposition party nominated the hugely popular governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, as its presidential candidate on Friday.
The nomination is seen to be an election boost for his Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
It is a carnival-like atmosphere at the National Monument in Jakarta as political parties gathered to mark the start of campaigning for Indonesia’s parliamentary election.
15 parties, including three local Aceh parties, will be contesting for seats in the national, provincial and district assemblies.
Each party has pledged to carry out a peaceful campaign but sporadic violence has erupted in Aceh.
Two politicians from Aceh National Party had been killed since February by unknown assailants.
But elsewhere in Indonesia, campaigning is expected to be relatively peaceful despite fierce competition from more than 19,000 candidates.
For the next 21 days, each party is allotted at least three days to hold mass rallies in a particular province to reduce the possibility of clashes among supporters.
There will also be a three-day cooling-off period before some 187 million Indonesian voters make their choice on April 9.