Indonesian elections

Calm before a storm: What's at stake in Indonesia's presidential election

As campaign silence starts, swing voters, abstainers look set to send polls down to the wire

An official at a storage area where ballot boxes and voting materials are prepared for the upcoming elections, in Pademangan, Jakarta, last Thursday. There has been an increasing sense on the ground that the final outcome may lie in the hands of wildcard voters who may yet tip the balance of a tight and high-stakes race. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
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Masa tenang, the mandatory "quiet period" before Indonesian voters go to the polls on Wednesday, begins today.

This means no more debates, community visits and campaign rallies, and even the public bickering between rival candidates in the presidential race is a no-no.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 14, 2019, with the headline Calm before a storm: What's at stake in Indonesia's presidential election. Subscribe