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Jakarta Post

Indonesia records new high in democracy index

  • Nina Loasana


Jakarta   /   Wed, August 5 2020   /  01:00 am
Healthy democracy: A member of a polling station working committee (KPPS) hands over plastic gloves to a voter during a simulation for the 2020 simultaneousregional elections in the grounds of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in Jakarta on Wednesday, July 22. 2020. During the simulation, the committee applied COVID-19 health protocols.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Indonesia scored 74.92 points out of 100 in the 2019 democracy index, up by 2.53 points from the previous year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported on Tuesday. The latest Indonesian Democracy Index (IDI) score is the highest the country has ever recorded since BPS launched the evaluation program in 2009. The IDI has three possible ratings: poor (below 60 points), fair (60-80 points) and good (above 80 points). Based on this scale, Indonesia's democracy, with its 74.92 points in the 2019 IDI, can be categorized as “fair”. Although Indonesia saw an improved democratic performance, the BPS also reported setbacks in several democracy variables in 2019. Indonesia saw a decrease in the freedom of speech score, from 66.17 points in 2018 to 64.29 points in 2019, while the freedom of assembly score also went down, from 82.35 points to 78.03 points in the same period. T...