Jokowi and Prabowo are facing off in a campaign that has become increasingly focused on religion, according to Supriatma.
"The two candidates are not so different in that their (general)." Jokowi's presidency by positioning himself as a "defender" of Islam, Said Supriatma.
Prabowo, in particular, is challenging Jokowi's presidency Supriatma.
Rizieq Shihab, the leader of the extremist group known as FPI or Islam Defenders Front, who is currently in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia.
Jokowi himself has chosen a conservative Muslim cleric as his mate to boost his own religious credentials. That comes after Chinese Christian politician Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, lost the Jakarta governor election in 201
Protests for purportedly insulting Islam and what later found guilty of blasphemy. Christian, according to Supriatma.
"This election seeks to define the role of Islam in Indonesia, "said Supriatma.
If Jokowi wins, the Southeast Asian country will likely continue its path as a Muslim-majority country, with moderate leanings, he projected, adding that would be preachable.
" The Jokowi or Prabowo presidency, even if not posing a serious threat to Indonesia's secular democracy, said Eurasia's Mumford.