From an op-ed piece titled Corruption Haunts Regional Elections.
Vote-buying – the practice of handing out cash or goods in an effort to influence votes – remains pervasive and largely acceptable in Indonesia.
A recent survey by the Indikator Politik Indonesia found that four out of 10 people still find it acceptable for politicians to hand out money or staples like rice or oil, as part of campaigning. A third of these said their vote would go to the candidate who did that. In 2009, vote-buying was the top violation recorded by police, making up a third of all election-related complaints.