Indonesians Head to the Polls Amid a Slide Toward Autocracy
Indonesians face critical polls amidst a shift toward autocracy, raising concerns about the democratic process, political climate, and civic engagement.
Amid a global surge in elections, Indonesia's upcoming vote on February 14, 2024, is expected to be one of the largest, posing a significant challenge to the progress of democracy. With around 20,000 representatives to be chosen on the world's largest single-day election, concerns arise regarding the susceptibility of the voting system to money politics, alleged rule violations, the complexity of down-ballot candidates, and the impact of social media's political noise. The General Elections Commission reports 204 million voters, with 114 million under 40, prioritizing issues like unaffordable goods and employment challenges. Observers worry about Indonesia's democracy backsliding.