Indonesia votes: Defaced posters a sign of political fervour in West Java

Indonesians at an election campaign rally in support of Mr Prabowo and his running mate Sandiaga Uno in Bogor in the deeply religious West Java province late last month. A vandalised campaign poster of incumbent President Joko Widodo and his running
A vandalised campaign poster of incumbent President Joko Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin in Sukabumi in West Java, where Mr Joko’s challenger Prabowo Subianto boasts strong political networks.ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA
Indonesians at an election campaign rally in support of Mr Prabowo and his running mate Sandiaga Uno in Bogor in the deeply religious West Java province late last month. A vandalised campaign poster of incumbent President Joko Widodo and his running
Indonesians at an election campaign rally in support of Mr Prabowo and his running mate Sandiaga Uno in Bogor in the deeply religious West Java province late last month.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Indonesia will hold its presidential and legislative elections on April 17. With more than 192 million people eligible to vote, it will be the largest polls since direct elections were first held 15 years ago. The Straits Times reports on how the campaign is unfolding in key election battlegrounds across the vast archipelago. Today, we look at West Java province.

Even before casting their votes next week, some in this West Java city have made their choice known.

Instead of marking ballot papers, they vandalised presidential campaign posters of incumbent candidate Joko Widodo and his running mate, senior cleric Ma'ruf Amin.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2019, with the headline 'Defaced posters a sign of political fervour in West Java'. Print Edition | Subscribe