Indonesia, a vast archipelago and the most populous nation in Southeast Asia, held its first simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on April 17, a one-day exercise in democracy viewed as one of the most complex ever staged. During a six-hour span voters cast ballots for a president, 575 members of the House of Representatives (DPR), 136 members of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) and nearly 20,000 members of local legislatures in 548 provinces, districts and municipalities.
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, (second left), and his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin, (left), are joined by challenger Prabowo Subianto, (second right), with his running mate, Sandiaga Uno, (right), as they release birds during a ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, marking the kick off of the campaign for the 2019 election, Sept. 23, 2018. [AP]
The Presidential Tickets
Sixteen parties will be competing for the 575 seats in the DPR. A political party needs to meet the 4% popular vote parliamentary threshold required by Indonesia’s General Elections Law to win a seat in the DPR.
The graphic shows the allocation of legislators in each of Indonesia’s 34 Provinces to fill the 575 seats in the People’s Representative Council (DPR).
The legislative plebiscite will elect 575 members of DPR, 136 members of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) – four representatives from each of Indonesia’s 34 provinces, and 19,817 members of legislatures in total 548 provinces, districts, and municipalities.
In a cynically calculated move, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has selected a conservative 75-year-old cleric, Ma’ruf Amin, as his running mate for the April 2019 polls.