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Jakarta Post

Many candidates still enigmas as poll day closing in

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 12 2019   /  01:02 am

As public attention has focused on the increasingly heated presidential election campaign, it is easy to forget tens of thousands of candidates vying for seats at national and local legislatures.

Nearly 8,000 candidates are running for 575 seats at the House of Representatives and tens of thousands are running for 19,817 seats at provincial, regency or city-level legislative councils (DPRD).

The simultaneous nature of this year’s elections mean the legislative elections have been overshadowed by the hubbub surrounding the presidential race. But even voters who actively seek information have little to go by.

The Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) found that 25.5 percent or 2,049 of the registered House candidates, opted not to disclose their personal information to the public through the General Elections Commission (KPU) website.

“Many of...