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Pending critical issues of the general election 2009

  • Jusuf Wanandi

JAKARTA   /   Thu, May 7 2009   /  12:57 pm

Indonesia’s reputation as a budding democracy was widely respected after successful elections in 1999 and 2004 during the Reform Era, that were regarded by the Indonesian people and the international community as fair, peaceful and democratic. The legislative elections of April 9 this year, however, were messy because many legitimate voters, perhaps up to 30 million, were unable to cast their votes mainly due to the incompetence of the  General Elections Commission (KPU). This problem was also caused by the negligence and irresponsibility of the government by not paying more serious attention and exercising stricter supervision of the KPU. But this deficiency and mistakes, while widely protested by many political parties, civil society groups and individuals, were seen as not being organized nationally or with the intention to cheat, although this appeared to have be...