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Jakarta Post

We'll give you our votes, but what do we get in return?

  • The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Wed, April 1 2009   /  09:42 am

Die-hard fans: A wire fence collapses as unruly supporters of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) attempt to get closer to the main stage during the party’s campaign rally at the Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta on Tuesday. JP/R. Berto Wedhatama “I have promoted you as a legislative candidate here, but people will only vote for you if you have something to offer,” a text message read on a candidate's cell phone. “I have received similar text messages almost every day recently,” National Mandate Party (PAN) candidate from South Sulawesi, Andi Yuliani or Yuli, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Yuli said most voters in the 2009 elections had been asking their legislative candidates for money and other items. “Today, eligible voters can be the brokers, 'selling' their votes at certain prices and offering them to legislative candidates like me,” s...