Faceless candidates

Kompas – November 21, 2018

Man: Take this one, it looks like they’re honest, clean and not corrupt, right Mrs?

Electoral observers say that one of the reasons that it will be difficult for the public to make educated choices in the 2019 elections will be because of the limited information available to voters on legislative candidate’s (caleg) profiles and backgrounds.

Voters must identify around 250-450 candidates in the electoral district where they will vote and most candidates are unwilling to publish detailed biographies on the official General Elections Commission (KPU) website – which is hardly surprising given that many parties are fielding former graft convicts or candidates under investigation for corruption.

And, even if voters are tech savvy enough to hunt down a candidate’s name on the KPU’s convoluted and difficult to use website, in many cases where candidates have supposedly uploaded such information, the links to the associated PDF files are (some claim intentionally) broken.