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The future of campaigning comes to Indonesia

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Published on April 12, 2019 - Duration: 01:20s

The future of campaigning comes to Indonesia

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo projects a hologram of himself to reach voters in remote areas.

Justin Solomon reports.

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The future of campaigning comes to Indonesia

How does a politician compaign in a country with nearly 270 million people?

How about by hologram.

That's what incumbent Indonesia President Joko Widodo - known to his supporters as Jokowi - is doing (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN PRESIDENT, JOKO WIDODO, SAYING: "Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to meet you here with this technology called 'hologram'." Using technology that he says was developed 100 percent by Indonesians, the candiate for re-election is reaching voters in remote areas, while continuing his campaign through the country stretching across an archipelago of more than 17 thousand islands.

(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) YOUNG VOTER, NINIK SAYING: "It is good, it feels like Jokowi is here with us." (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) HOUSEWIFE, MARIANI SAYING: "Yes, the hologram does represent him.

It's fine even if he isn't here.

The most important thing is we will support him by voting for candidate number one, Jokowi" The modern technology is seen as one of the ways to appeal to the country's millennial voters who account for over one third of Indonesia's 193 million voters.

Most opinion polls show Widodo is holding a double-digit lead over his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, a former general whom Widodo defeated in the 2014 election.

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