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Jakarta Post

2009 elections 'poorly organized'

  /   Mon, October 13 2008   /  11:36 am

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has, after some delays, finally published the preliminary list of 11,868 legislative candidates for the total 560 seats in the 2009 elections. The list was published early last week in Republika daily and on state-owned television channel TVRI, and is open for public scrutiny until Tuesday. However, the delays, the short period for scrutiny and questions over the competency of some candidates -- some are celebrities or family members of party elites -- have raised concerns over the quality of the next elections. Political observer from University of Indonesia Ani W. Soetjipto discussed the issue with The Jakarta Post's Erwida Maulia on Saturday. Following are some excerpts. Question: How do you see the composition of the interim list of legislative candidates in terms of competencies? Answer: In general, some parties submitted names for t...