Prejudice at the Polling Booth
When 121 million Indonesians went to the polls to vote in the country's first direct presidential elections in 2004, Wahyu Adi Nugroho was not among them. It was not apathy that kept him away. It was 15 kilograms of steel and rubber. Nugroho, 35, is from Pundong in Bantul, Yogyakarta. He used to use a wheelchair, and he could not vote because his local…
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ON the Lebaran (Idul Fitri) holiday at the end of the fasting month, Joko Widodo's political calendar showed no slack. After praying at the mosque, he visited the home of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri and the home of National Democrat (NasDem) Party Chairman Surya Paloh. He then summoned some of the senior members of his campaign team to the official residence of the Jakarta governor in Menteng, Central Jakarta.