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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A MIDNIGHT phone call surprised Andi Widjajanto in early September. The caller who claimed to be a governor's aide had been searching for hours for the cellphone of Andi, who happens to be a deputy head of the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla transition team. The aide was calling because the governor had been waiting for more than 12 hours to meet with Andi at Plaza Senayan in South Jakarta.