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46 political parties meet deadline to register for 2014 elections

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 8 2012   /  01:13 pm

Registration for the 2014 election has officially closed, with 46 parties hoping to pass the verification process.

Their documents will be verified by the General Elections Commission (KPU), which will also make field checks to ensure that the parties are eligible to contest the elections.

Political parties registered include established organizations, such as the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party, the United Development Party (PPP) and the ruling Democratic Party. Lesser known parties also registered, such as the Patriot Party and the National Front Party (Barnas).

The number of parties registered was much lower than those registered to contest the 2009 election. Even though only 38 parties eventually qualified for the 2009 poll, more than 60 parties had registered.

According to KPU commissioner Sigit Pamungkas, the decline in...