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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

'Negative Sovereignty' and Jakarta's Gubernatorial Election

Campaigns for the election of regional chief executives in the past three months have exposed the dirty side of democracy. Most candidates running for office this Wednesday have fallen into the trap of debating primordial issues, instead of proposing anything substantive.

Meanwhile their supporters, particularly in Jakarta, have even been using religious and racial sentiment in their campaigns. News reports attacking candidates have appeared in social media. Fake news…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Religion in the Runoff

Rebranding Basuki

The BasukiDjarot campaign team is working on Muslim voters who casted their ballots for Agus Harimurti in East and South Jakarta. Religious pilgrimages are being offered to attract them.

Speaking to about 200 residents of Cipinang, Tubagus Ace Hasan Syadzily joked about voter fears of giving their voice for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), the incumbent Jakarta governor who happens to be a Christian.