April 18, 2008 3:37am CST
Although Indonesia has entering reform-era since years ago, but nevertheless, there are some political-parties that is run in very undemocratic way. One of that political-parties is Golkar, a party that ever governed Indonesia for about 30 years under the new order regime. In connected with local election held recently in North Sumatera, a dynamic province in Indonesia, Golkar openly and even blatantly showed its muscles. Golkar, in this way, decided only one candidate for the governor election. Based on that decision, Golkar instructed all of its cadeers around the region, to secure its candidate. No one else -- within the party rank --is allowed to run for candidacy. Those who dared to oppose that decision will get hard political sanction. When people gave their votes, the Golkar candidate get s very small part of votes. This is the result of its own undemocratic way it introduce.
• United States
19 Apr 08
That's ok. Here in the US we actually have a political party with the audacity to call themselves democrats. Even so, they chose not to have a democratic election by ignoring all the votes in the states of Florida and Michigan. The saddest part is, many members of this party supported the decision to disenfranchise voters. Some even blamed the voters in Florida and Michigan. At least in Indonesia people chose not to vote for the Golkar candidate. Here in the US people are still rushing to vote for the candidates who openly agreed with this policy and boycotted the states of Florida and Michigan.