2009 Mission Report: Indonesia Legislative Election

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The April 9 2009 polls marked another important chapter in the annals of Indonesia’s long and an undeniably attention-grabbing history. The elections were held in the face of growing criticisms regarding mismanagement by the National Election Commission (KPU), though the process was by and large peaceful and smooth.

The glitches notwithstanding, what is important to note was that there was an overall sense that people have been allowed to have their say. This assumes enormous significance as anything less could threaten the process of democratic consolidation in Indonesia.

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