Battling Corruption in Indonesia’s Elections


The staggeringly long list of candidates voters were choosing between hangs outside a polling station in North Sumatra. Photo from Wikimedia Commons/ Davidelit.

While the vote was largely free and fair, there are issues that Indonesian authorities must address before the next election.
On April 17, Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, held the biggest and most-complex single-day elections in world history: 193 million registered voters, 20,500 candidates, and 800,000 polling booths. It was the first time Indonesia held presidential, legislative, and provincial and local elections at the same time.

Beware of Former Corruption Convict Legislative Candidates


The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has released a list of 46 former corruption convicts who are registered as legislative candidates of the Provincial People's Representatives Council (DPRD) and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) for the 2019-2024 period. This list has been updated through community input, from originally 38 identified candidates, later increasing to 40, and finally to 46 candidates identified as former corruption convicts.

Trends of Corruption Prosecution 2017

Election is one of the ways to make leadership circulation running well. Otherwise, the government would potentially entering authoritarian government which tends to be corrupt. Election needs to be conducted in a democratic country, both at the national level (presidential election) as well as at the local level (regional election).