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Human Security Centre Research in the Asia-Pacific Region

2014 Election Proves Critical for Indonesia’s Developing Democracy

The big watchword for the upcoming Indonesian legislative and presidential elections in 2014 is golput. Golput, which has its history in the New Order regime, is perhaps best understood as a form of protest vote against the current political establishment. It tends to take the form of low voter turnout or intentional non-marking of the ballot to invalidate it.

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