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Regional elections costly, but 'should go on'

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana, Ghina Ghaliya, Apriadi Gunawan and Ruslan Sangadji

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Medan/Palu   /   Wed, November 20 2019   /  12:22 am
Head to head: Residents cast their votes during the 2019 simultaneous elections of village heads in Tenggeles village in Kudus, Central Java, on Tuesday. As many as 285 candidates are running in this year’s village head elections in 115 villages across Kudus regency.(Antara/Yusuf Nugroho)(Antara/Yusuf Nugroho)

Head to head: Residents cast their votes during the 2019 simultaneous elections of village heads in Tenggeles village in Kudus, Central Java, on Tuesday. As many as 285 candidates are running in this year’s village head elections in 115 villages across Kudus regency.(Antara/Yusuf Nugroho)Central Sulawesi administration secretary Mohammad Hidayat Lamakarate has said he is optimistic about being able to minimize his outlay in his quest to win the gubernatorial race in November next year.His optimism, he said, stemmed from the fact the two parties backing him — the Golkar Party and the NasDem Party — have eschewed the infamous endorsement fee often required by political parties. “For a province like Central Sulawesi, I’ll have to prepare Rp 15 billion [US$1.06 million] to Rp 20 billion,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday, explaining that the funds would be spent on expense...