The excitement of Candidates
Legislative elections had its day. Political parties contesting the election is busy preparing for a battle for legislative seats in parliament II, Level-I, and the Parliament. Each participant election run strategy to attract sympathy and attention.
All busy welcoming party democracy. The euphoria of the post-fall of the New Order regime, giving space for each citizen in a democracy, especially significant changes to the electoral system in Indonesia: a multiparty. Carrying a lot of new parties as well as the old party revived after melted in the Soeharto era.
People also can elect their representatives directly. Something that does not exist since the Suharto. Increasingly fierce battle when citizens are given the freedom to be candidates for the legislature. The candidates that should attract the sympathy of the people to choose them.
Inevitably, the war to attract public sympathy do candidates in each electoral district. Efforts to introduce themselves done in various ways. All attempt to win sympathy of voters. Put up posters, banners, advertising is one way to show the face of the voters. Forms that provide direct assistance was given to voters by saying, "Please blessing in the election of April." Even then appear in banners, billboards, and other media campaigns.
Number of Candidates
Sources: Data Base JRI, collected from local legislators DCT
I Bali Province.
"If only blessing, certainly given," said someone, when they hear the words of a legislative candidate in a meeting.
There is also said to a colleague, "This is just one candidate to our village. If all the candidates down to here, certainly gained a lot of envelopes. "
The facts that occurred. Donation as well as the implementation of social activities done to get closer to the voters, ranging from free treatment, tree planting, to the payment of some cash money for the village or development.
Festive welcome party democracy in Bali. Banners and billboards of various sizes, stickers plastered on public transport, as well as private cars. Round trip Denpasar-Solo when Christmas and New Year's holidays provide interesting sights along the way. Billboards and banners of various sizes displayed on each side of the road. Very much and festive colors of diverse, with slogans displayed.
Bali DPRD-I candidates only number 826 men, divided into nine constituencies. You can imagine, how each of these candidates lure voters in each electoral district. Not to mention the number of candidates in each city or county, or to the center. Would be very festive.
Various methods are used to attract the sympathy of the masses. Billboards are installed on city streets until the streets of the township is an indication that the mat April 2009 legislative elections later will be a fierce battle. Especially after the Constitutional Court renders points ae Article 214 of Law No. 10 of 2008 on the Election of Members of the House of Representatives, Regional Representatives Council and the Regional Representatives Council. Based on the decision of the Court, the serial number is no longer influential in determining candidates for elected members of the House, Level-I, II and Parliament.
Candidates with the most votes, he will be elected. Therefore, there is potential to attract voters through the popularity of candidates to the public through money politics, social assistance and other forms. Without seeing how the ability, dedication, loyalty of candidates to the state and society. Appear in the public perception that candidates are "berduitlah" which later would win the competition.
Excitement political advertisements on the streets is a sight that will eventually become garbage. Wait and see after the election campaign period runs out and ends. Banners, billboards, posters, and other media political ads plastered on the streets was lost and eventually accumulate so rubbish. Hopefully, the promises attached to these ads was not washed away and disappear when the candidate actually sitting on the seat legislature.
WINARTO is Jangkang Research Institute Program Manager.