indonesian election (pemilu) 2009


are you familiar with this?


or perhaps this one,


if you are, then you most likely live in indonesia at this time of year. such communication tools are easily found wherever you are in the country. in fact, you cant go anywhere without seeing them.

communication wise, this tool is effective in introducing parties and their representatives (known in bahasa as caleg – calon legislatif). these representatives strive for seat in the house of representatives both at the national (known in bahasa as DPR – Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat – also called people’s representative council) and the local level (known in bahasa as DPRD – Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah – called regional representatives council).

anyway, the first round of this year’s election is going to take place on april 9, 2009. in this round, indonesians are going to choose a party, which is deemed as their best representative. many people would have such a headache to choose one over 38 political parties (plus six local parties in nangroe aceh darussalam).

only parties with enough electoral threshold (about 20% if im not mistaken) are allowed to nominate their own president-vice president candidate. otherwise, coalition has to be made. this will mark the beginning of the second round of the election.

the second round of the election will decide which of the president-vice president candidate will lead indonesia from 2009 to 2014 (if the world doesnt meet its end in 2012 lol :p). this round will take place twice, if no one holds more than 50% of votes cast.

well, that’s about it for now. if i got the chance in the future, i’ll write about the presidential frontrunners a little bit more. fyi, the frontrunners as of today are susilo bambang yudhoyono (the incumbent president) and megawati soekarno putri (chairwoman and leader of the indonesian democratic party-struggle – partai demokrasi indonesia perjuangan – pdip). some other names that are also likely to run for president are jusuf kalla, sri sultan hamengkubuwono x (both are from golkar), and prabowo subianto (gerindra) .

further reading:

elections in indonesia

indonesian house of representatives


One thought on “indonesian election (pemilu) 2009

  1. Pingback: part 2: indonesian election (pemilu) 2009 « vion’s adventure

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