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Jakarta Post

Overseas voters in dark over candidates

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 11 2019   /  12:29 am

Being far from home, the Indonesian diaspora continues to be the disengaged electorate, especially ahead of the legislative election. According to a recent survey, many of them admitted to not being aware of who the legislative candidates were, let alone who they were going to vote for in the upcoming election.

A survey released by Indonesian Diaspora Network-United (IDN-United) on Friday showed that 85 percent of Indonesians living abroad either “did not know” or “did not know enough” about the candidates competing in the April legislative election.

The survey polled 541 Indonesians living in 41 countries on five continents — who filled out online questionnaires distributed through mailing lists, periodic newsletters and online networking platforms between Nov. 12 and Jan. 31.

The results were in stark contrast to their knowledge of presidential and vice p...