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Majority of public favors direct presidential elections: Survey

  • Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 19 2020   /  12:59 am

Belief in democracy among the Indonesian public remains strong despite the political turbulence that dominated last year’s headlines, as reflected by a survey from pollster Indo Barometer.The survey, which was conducted from Jan. 9 to 15, found that the overwhelming majority of respondents favored democratic political practices, which in theory grant the public rights such as direct elections, over practices that would revert electoral power to centralized bodies.The report showed that 89.4 percent of the 1,200 respondents were in favor of a direct presidential election, whereas only 4.1 percent of the respondents supported an indirect election, which would effectively grant the People’s Consultative Assembly the sole authority to elect country leaders. Meanwhile, 6.5 percent of survey respondents were ambivalent on the issue.Of those in favor of direct elections in general, 42.5 per...