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Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s local elections and impartiality of the press

  • Warief Djajanto Basorie

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 21 2013   /  09:42 am

At the end of 2012, the media provided its outlook for the New Year. For its part, The Jakarta Post sees 2013 as the run-up to the 2014 general elections and the nation’s choice of a new president. In this run-up, 2013 hosts a smattering of local elections throughout the country, with 15 of Indonesia’s 33 provinces electing a governor.

The gubernatorial elections start Jan. 22 in South Sulawesi and end on Oct. 2 in Lampung. In between are elections in Papua (Jan. 29), West Java (Feb. 24), North Sumatra (March 7), East Nusa Tenggara (March 18), West Nusa Tenggara (May 13), Bali (May 15), Central Java (May 26), South Sumatra (June 6), East Kalimantan (June 26), North Maluku (July 1), Maluku (July 11), East Java (Aug. 29) and Riau (Sept. 4).

With the removal of the central government’s control at the end of Soeharto’s New Order era (1966-1998), the press can now functi...