Indonesian Elections Commission-KPU- ballot box sample, 2018. Wikimedia Commons

Tempo-Oct 4

Involving regional heads in campaign teams and allowing them to promote the presidential candidate whom they support, can damage our democracy. This system, which involves majority votes, works under the condition of equality between candidates and voters.  In this presidential race, the majority of governors, regents and mayors campaign for incumbent Joko Widodo. Becoming part of a candidate’s campaign team makes a regional head lose his or her impartiality and independence, and even veer towards abuse of power.

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First published in: Tempo