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Jakarta Post

Keep calm and vote

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, April 15 2019   /  01:29 am

What transpired in the past week, especially in what has been widely suspected to be vote-rigging in Malaysia and the fact that hundreds of Indonesians in Sydney, Australia, were disenfranchised could be a cause for concern for those closely watching the 2019 general election. Are these instances a one-off problem or does it reflect a wider more systematic problem related to voter registration and logistical distribution, which if left unattended could undermine the credibility of its outcome?When the Constitutional Court ordered in 2014 that both the presidential and the legislative elections be held simultaneously, we kind of knew that problems would arise. This is after all one of the most complex elections in the world, with more than 192 million people voting in national and regional legislative elections, choosing from over 245,000 candidates. These voters will cast their ballots o...