Time for a change in how Indonesia runs elections, say experts

   President Joko Widodo and his sole rival, former army general Prabowo Subianto, are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the ballot papers in the April 17 elections.
President Joko Widodo and his sole rival, former army general Prabowo Subianto, are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the ballot papers in the April 17 elections.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

JAKARTA - Quarrels among families and friends, hoaxes and curses - these are the highlights in Indonesia's seven-month campaign before its almost 193 million voters choose their top leaders next week.

"Ask anyone what he knows about the key programmes offered by candidate 1 and candidate 2 and he would say nothing, as all he heard were hoaxes and curses," said Mr Rikard Bagun, deputy chairman of the country's largest newspaper Kompas.

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