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Jakarta Post

RI must change its ineffective electoral system, say experts

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 3 2010   /  01:10 pm

Changing Indonesia's ineffective and expensive electoral system would help change the behavior of the country's politicians, a recent study says. The study, conducted to assess Indonesia's prospects for growth, equity and democratic governance, recommends a shift away from using various systems in general elections, and adopting a single approach, which it says would reduce problems such as cronyism and money politics. "Indonesia seems to manage for itself a combination of the worst possible set of electoral systems," said Anthony Saich, the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. His institution worked in cooperation with the Rajawali Foundation to conduct the study. The study was a part of a long-term project undertaken by the two institutions in research and educational programming of public policy in Asia and ...