The country only recently held its general elections in April. This year’s political event, which saw for the first time the presidential election held simultaneously along with the multitier legislative elections, has had an impact on the results of the elections, including the sustainability of the political parties contesting them. The Jakarta Post’s Fachrul Sidiq, Ghina Ghaliya Quddus and Imanuddin Razak have analyzed and presented the facts in today’s Special Report.

by Fachrul Sidiq, Ghina Ghaliya Quddus & Imanuddin Razak

The road to Senayan — a subdistrict in South Ja­karta commonly used by locals to refer to the national-level House of Repre­sentatives membership, whose headquarters is situated within the subdistrict — has always been a difficult and winding path as one needs a combination of excellent individual qualities, a strong so­cial network, full support from a political party and last but not least, sufficient resources to fi­nance every stage of the election, starting from the campaigning period to voting day. Such a tough electoral process is expected as there are always surprises found in every edition of the five-yearly political event. Many incumbent legislators get reelected for another legis­lative term, but many — some of whom are popular faces and part of the country’s exclusive club of celebrities — also fail as they lose the race t...