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Jakarta Post

Election candidates: Who are these people?

  • Berly Martawardaya

JAKARTA   /   Wed, March 11 2009   /  10:53 am

They are everywhere!
We cannot go anywhere or even take a sneak peak out of the window without seeing one of the gazillion advertisements for political candidates seeking legislative seats in the upcoming elections. They invade our cozy afternoon walk around our neighborhood. Few trees are safe from being a hanging place for a smiling face asking for my vote. No matter where we go, the situation is similar if not worse. Don’t get me wrong, I am serious about my civic responsibility and never miss voting in elections, even when I was studying abroad.  I have every interest in exercising my rights and ensuring the next government is competent and responsive to people’s needs. But who are these people? I usually know the person in the background, since they are either the current or former presidents of Indonesia. Parties with no presidential association pu...