Category: 2019 Indonesian Elections

After a long, bitter, but largely uneventful campaign, it looks like President Joko Widodo will be re-elected with about 55 per cent of the vote. University of Melbourne academics offer their early thoughts on the results.

While former Muslim militants swap bullets for ballots in Central Sulawesi, a community in West Nusa Tenggara appears to be going the other way, write Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadie and Siswo Mulyartono.

In the legislative election on Wednesday, 40% of candidates will be women. Julia Ikasarana and Mia Novitasari take a closer look at the state of women’s representation in Indonesian politics.

In the 2014 elections, one of Joko Widodo’s key advantages was that he was not Prabowo Subianto. This time around, writes Professor Tim Lindsey, Prabowo’s main advantage is simply that he is not Jokowi.

In Talking Indonesia this week, Charlotte Setijadi chats to analysts Ben Bland and Liam Gammon about the legislative elections, as well as two first time candidates, Rian Ernest, from PSI, and Faldo Maldini, from PAN.

Ahead of the final debate before the election, Dr Asep Suryahadi assesses the key economic promises coming from either side.

Former militia and released terrorists have turned to democratic means to advance their agenda in Central Sulawesi, write Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadie and Siswo Mulyartono.

No need to wait for the fourth industrial revolution, dehumanisation is already a reality for informal domestic workers in Indonesia, writes M. Nur Sholikin.

Has there been any change in media partisanship since the highly polarised 2014 elections? Hellena Souisa looks at the state of the media ahead of the 2019 polls.

Over recent weeks, supporters of both President Joko Widodo and his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, have attempted to frame the contest as an ideological battle between communism and a caliphate. This is far too simplistic, writes Dr Nadirsyah Hosen.

Has the Indonesian electoral roll been manipulated? Have the civil service and security forces been mobilised in support of particular candidates? Dr Dave McRae chats to Titi Anggraini and Dr Fritz Edward Siregar about these claims and more in Talking Indonesia.

Professor Vedi Hadiz offers his take on the Indonesian elections, writing that the long election season has rarely been about contests between outright reformers and outright reactionaries, or between outright secularists and outright Islamists.