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Jakarta Post

Candidates hunt elusive young voters

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 31 2019   /  12:43 am

“Hi guys,” 22-year-old legislative candidate Tsamara Amany says in the opening to the latest video on her Instagram account. “I get a lot of questions through direct messages or comments on my photos but sometimes I don’t have enough time to answer them. Now, those of you who have questions, go ahead and write them below and I’ll answer the 10 best questions in my next vlog.”

Tsamara, an executive in the newcomer Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), is only one out of over 900 legislative candidates aged 21 to 35 who are set to compete for seats at the House of Representatives in the upcoming general election.

With their tech savvy and awareness of trends, these young politicos seem poised to grasp the apparent Holy Grail of Indonesian politics: the millennial vote.

Voters aged 17 to 35 make up nearly half of the total electorate and parties and politicians...