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Indonesia's presidential poll casts shadow over legislative races

Parties are becoming more risk-averse because of the simultaneous ballots

Facing a crowd of about 150, mostly older women, seated on red plastic chairs, Mr Charles Honoris, 34, makes his pitch, offering help in navigating the country's national health insurance or free rides to the hospital for the poor.

"If you're having trouble registering for BPJS, let me know," said Mr Charles, referring to the country's generous if labyrinthine national health plan. "If you don't have enough money to get to the hospital, tell me. We have an ambulance," he said, referring to a charitable foundation he runs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'Indonesia's presidential poll casts shadow over legislative races'. Subscribe