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Jakarta Post

Parties fail to make use of coattail effect: Experts

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 22, 2019   /  12:07 pm
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Ready for distribution: An official prepares ballot boxes at the Tanah Abang district branch of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in Jakarta on Thursday. In line with a Constitution Court ruling, the KPU will increase the number of polling stations from 809,500 to 810,327. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama )

While much was made of the coattail effect that major political parties would get from nominating a presidential candidate, observers say early vote counts have suggested that parties were not taking full advantage of it. As 2019 marked Indonesia's first-ever simultaneous presidential and legislative elections, political analysts and pollsters predicted that parties most associated with a particular presidential ticket would gain more votes. This is because voters would likely cast their presidential ballot first and would thus be inclined to vote for parties that supported their chosen presidential candidate. But quick counts conducted by several established polling organizations showed that the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), of which President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is a member, and the Gerindra Party, which is chaired by presidential contender Pr...