The elections of july 9th in Indonesia are behind us. The official results will be announced july 22 2014. In the meantime, there are concerns for the fairness of the vote counting process, as shown in this article titled ‘Probowo’s game plan‘ on New Mandala.
This is echoed by Indonesian students, alumni and researchers abroad. They voice their fears for the fairness of the election process in the following petition published at Change.org:
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Indonesia, you cannot escape discussions about the presidential elections to be held this 9th of july.
The election process
In order to become one of the contenders for the Presidency of Indonesia, a candidate can only be nominated ba a party (or parties) representing 20% of the seats in Parliament or 25% of the popular vote in the Parlementary elections. This is a steep hill to climb. This page will provide more details (wikipedia bias alert!) Continue reading →