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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In the website of the National Police Commission, the announcement on candidates for the position of the national police chief, posted on Monday last week, lasted just four days. By Monday, the announcement, made to look like a news item, had been downsized and placed between links to old reports.
A senior officer of the police commission said that the announcement was initially meant to solicit opinion on the candidates' backgrounds.