A shift in control over land, minerals and other resources to regional governments as part of the regional autonomy process, along with the cost of campaign spending for regional legislative bodies reaching into the millions of dollars, has turned campaign finances into a potentially lucrative investment for corporations and local business.
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With the General Election Commission (KPU) and political party factions in the House of Representatives only agreeing on KPU Regulation (PKPU) Number 3/2019 on Vote-Casting and Vote-Counting on January 10 the KPU is now scrambling to socialise the highly technical and complex regulation to the public.
Musicians have slammed a new draft law seeking to criminalise content deemed pornographic or blasphemous, saying it could potentially limit freedom of expression in Indonesia.
Sixteen political parties – including four new ones – and their legislative candidates (caleg) will be contesting the April 17 legislative elections vying for places in the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and provincial and regional legislative councils (DPRD).
Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) chairperson Edy Rahmayadi resigned from his position over the weekend amid fresh allegations of match-fixing in the national league which for years has been dogged by a series of corruption scandals.
Amid a series of arrests of high-profile politicians in sting operations by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), many voters were eagerly awaiting the first live presidential debate scheduled for tomorrow evening between incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left)
Human rights activists and civil society groups have few expectations that the first presidential debate scheduled for January 17 between incumbent President Joko Widodo and rival Prabowo Subianto will address human rights issues in any substantial way given that neither camp
While some may be hoping that next year will see a “healthier” electoral rivalry between incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and presidential hopeful former General Prabowo Subianto, if last year is anything to go by, they have little reason to be optimistic.
With many senior government officials – including several members of President Joko Widodo’s so called “Working Cabinet” – totally preoccupied with getting themselves reelected in next year’s legislative elections, little attention is being paid to rising food prices, which place a massive financial burden on Indonesia’s poor.
According to a report by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) and Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) on its latest study on the public’s perception of corruption, 52 percent of respondents in 2018 agreed that corruption levels have increased in some way.
On November 19 a team from Wakatobi National Park found 5.9 kilograms of plastic garbage inside the stomach of a dead sperm whale that had beached on Kapota Island, Southeast Sulawesi.
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.
The Indonesian Medical Association has recommended a medical audit as an option to solve a perpetual deficit in the national health insurance scheme which is expected to reach over Rp 10 trillion this year.
President Joko Widodo (left) announced Saturday that all vehicles will be free to use the 5.4 kilometre Suramadu (Surabaya-Madura) toll bridge connecting the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya and Madura Island without charge claiming the move would help spur economic de
A polemic has erupted over the importation of rice verses self-sufficiency with supporters of presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto using the issue to attack incumbent President Joko Widodo.
While President Joko Widodo was applauded for his remarks at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) annual meeting in Bali after he compared the global economic situation to the TV series Game of Thrones, protesters outside the meeting venue received a far from warm welcome.
Frog under a coconut shell (kodok dalam tempurung) – an Indonesian proverb referring to a frog which lives under a coconut shell and refuses to venture out so they have no knowledge of the outside world but remain happy in their ignorance.
The tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi on Friday – where walls of water up to 6 metres and a magnitude 7.5 earthquake killed at least 832 people in the cities of Palu and Donggala – has highlighting the weaknesses of the existing warning system and low public awareness about ho
The campaign period for the 2019 presidential and legislative elections officially kicked off Sunday with participants signing a declaration pledging a “peaceful campaign” at the National Monument Central Jakarta.
After months of heated debate, the General Elections Commission (KPU) decided on Thursday that the 38 politicians who had challenged their disqualification at the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) would be eligible to run in the 2019 legislative election.