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Jakarta Post

Election as transaction of trust

  • Elwin Tobing


Jakarta   /   Tue, April 16, 2019   /  11:23 am
Election as transaction of trust So many choices: Residents study lists of candidates running in the upcoming elections on display at the General Elections Commission (KPU) office in Malang, East Java. Sixteen political parties are standing in the April 17 elections. (The Jakarta Post/Aman Rochman)

In many respects, the House of Representatives elected in 2014 performed poorly. Out of 189 draft laws listed in the 2015-2019 National Legislation Program, it only managed to pass 26. Members’ attendance records were barely 40 percent. And a number of its members, including the speaker and one of the deputies, were implicated in corruption scandals. Such a low quality is not surprising. After all, output is a product of input and process. The 2014 legislative election, believed to be marked with vote-buying, was deemed as among the worst in the post-reform era. The recent arrest of a politician for allegedly accepting bribes that he would use to buy votes for reelection indicates the practice remains unaddressed. Generally, legislative candidates at all levels will do whatever it takes to win the seats. With 16 political parties, plus four Aceh local parties, and 245,000 can...

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