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Jakarta Post

A preference for a better electoral system

  • David Stanford

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 2 2009   /  03:17 pm

To select the composition of the House of Representatives and to choose the next President, Indonesian electors will go to the polls on two - and it can be a runoff in presidential election in September -- separate days over a period of five months. Does Indonesia need all of these elections? On each of the three days, millions of Indonesians are engaged to assist the National Elections Commission (KPU) in administering the election across this vast archipelago. The sheer expense of overseeing these three polling days (it will come to over a billion US dollars for the 2009 poll) is a significant burden on the national budget. Furthermore, the lengthy election season and seemingly endless campaign results in elector fatigue and apathy. In 2004, this was evidenced by a fall in participation by several percentage points in the second round of the presidential poll. By...