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Changing the electoral system once again?

  • Noory Okthariza

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24 2020   /  01:21 am
Festive election: Dressed in traditional Javanese attire, poll workers serve voters in Giwangan subdistrict in Yogyakarta in the April 2019 legislative election. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has sparked a controversy for demanding the reinstatement of the closed-list electoral system. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)(PDI-P) has sparked a controversy for demanding the reinstatement of the closed-list electoral system. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

Festive election: Dressed in traditional Javanese attire, poll workers serve voters in Giwangan subdistrict in Yogyakarta in the April 2019 legislative election. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has sparked a controversy for demanding the reinstatement of the closed-list electoral system. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)During its national meeting earlier this month, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) set an important agenda, which was to reinstate the closed-list electoral system in place of the current open-list proportional representation. Many have responded to the ruling party’s move, which is said to have been driven by the many unforeseen consequences of the current system. To name a few, widespread vote-buying, clientelism and patronage that have characterized Indonesian politics are attributed partly to the electoral design the country has adopted in the...