The First Presidential Debate, UNAIR Expert: The Debate Must Be Effective

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UNAIR NEWS – The first presidential debate of Republic of Indonesia for 2019-2024 scheduled tonight on Thursday, 17 January. Regarding to this, the expert on political communication at Universitas Airlangga Dr. Suko Widodo. Drs, M.Si, who also Head of Information and Public Relations Center (PIH) said that the definition of debate is an exchange of opinions on certain topics by giving reasons and defending their opinions.

Moreover to UNAIR NEWS, Suko emphasized that there was a note about the principle of effective debate, including questions that should be clearly stated. The public, he explained generally could not accept insulting, degrading, or personal attacking answer.

“Rhetorical skills, including the sentence selection will determine each of candidate’s reputation capability in debating. Besides focusing on the topic, it will also strengthen the quality of candidates.” he explained.

Both candidates, must be skilled in choosing sentences. The reason is because the sentence delivered logically will be accepted by public. In fact, valid evidence will also improve messages quality that the participants build.

“Who can give the message clearly and accompanied by valid evidence and delivered with an accurate choice of language and appropriate intonation will attract public sympathy,” he explained.

In the end, Suko advised that the important thing for debate participants that they must be well-prepared regarding to topic that will be discussed tonight, be confident and control their emotion during debate.

Be ready on watching Indonesian Presidential candidate debate tonight. Stay in harmony and peace!

Author: Nuri Hermawan

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