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Jakarta Post

Candidates struggle to meet hidden costs

  • Mariani Dewi

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Sun, March 15 2009   /  09:31 am

Flying high: Ten-year-old Surung (right) and Kiki, 8, train doves as the flags of political partys fly in their neighborhood of Pulo Gadung, East Jakarta. The National Commission for Elections recently said that 30 out of 267 subdistricts in the capital were considered as area likely to see conflict ahead of the elections. JP/J. Adiguna Twenty-five days before the legislative election takes place, the candidates have been doing everything possible to win over voters. But with more than 500,000 candidates competing for 560 seats in the House of Representatives (DPR), 132 seats on the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and more than 16,000 seats at the provincial, regency and municipal level, the battle is hard and can be very expensive. In Riau, a candidate was recently caught selling ecstasy. Another, in Bali, was involved in illegal logging. In Banten, one wannab...