Election season gets going in Indonesia

New entrants, younger voters, cyber threats expected to play a part in lead up to 2019 poll

Leaders of political parties, including Mr Agus Yudhoyono (far left) of the Democratic Party and former president Megawati Sukarnoputri (second from left) of PDI-P, at the General Elections Commission last month to ballot for poll numbers.
Leaders of political parties, including Mr Agus Yudhoyono (far left) of the Democratic Party and former president Megawati Sukarnoputri (second from left) of PDI-P, at the General Elections Commission last month to ballot for poll numbers.PHOTO: TEMPO

The long election season in Indonesia is underway, after the General Elections Commission last month declared 14 political parties eligible to contest the upcoming polls.

A 15th party may also join in, after a decision by the Elections Supervisory Agency on Monday, following an appeal by the Crescent Star Party for it to take part.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline 'Election season gets going in Indonesia'. Subscribe