Five candidates were initially eligible to participate in the party's chairman election. They are incumbent Airlangga Hartarto, Bambang "Bamsoet" Soesatyo, Agun Gunandjar, Ridwan Hasjim and Ali Yahya.
However, Bamsoet, Agun and Ali Yahya decided to withdraw from the part's chairman election. As a result, the election will only be contested between Airlangga and Ridwan Hasjim.
"If no one support Pak Ridwan Hasjim, Pak Airlangga should be named as the winner," Ace said here on Wednesday, Decmber 4, 2019.
According to him, the decision is the prerogative of the voting members. Before the election, representatives of regional executive boards will convey their stance.
"The process could be completed tonight. The announcement could be held the day after," he explained.
The party will hold its tenth national congress from December 3-6, 2019 at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo attended the opening ceremony of the national congress on Tuesday night.