Indonesia's 60-day General Election campaign ended at midnight on the 25th. of June, and electioneering?
Indonesia's 60-day General Election campaign ended at midnight on the 25th. of June, and electioneering is officially banned for the next week until the voting on July 3rd.
The government-backed party, Sekber Golkar, ended its campaign with a rally in the Djakarta sports stadium, attended by 100,000 people. Sekber Golkar is Indonesia's largest political organisation.
The past two months have been marked by a mass swing of voters away from the traditional political parties to the Government party.
Golkar now claims that 23 million of the country's 57 million registered voters are Golkar members, although at the same time they admit they would not be surprised if up to 15 per cent of these failed to vote for Golkar in the elections. The long campaign period has been remarkably free of violence despite repeated charges by the political parties of intimidation and pressures by the military in the provinces. There have been no physical attacks on leading political figures, and no serious clashes between opposing groups.
Most of Indonesia's half-million-strong armed forces are on standby alert to put down any sign of trouble in the elections. An elite 5,000-man force has been trained for emergency action but has so far not been used.
SYNOPSIS: More than 100,000 people packed the Djakarta sports stadium on Thursday for a major rally of the government-backed party Sekber Golkar, Indonesia's biggest political organisation. The rally came at the end of Indonesia's two-month election campaign. Electioneering is now officially banned until the country's 57 million voters go to the polls next Saturday.
The long campaign period has been remarkably free from violence despite repeated charges by the political parties of intimidating and pressures by the military in the provinces. This Sekber Golkar rally was a really gay occasion, with many of the spectators apparently here mainly for the entertainment which the party leaders laid on before the speeches.
Chinese supporters were there in force as well -- reflecting their renewed confidence in the wake of the 1965 bloodbath against the Chinese community following the abortive communist coup.
Military aircraft flew low over the stadium to drop propaganda leaflets. But by nightfall when the propaganda began to blare from the loudspeakers most of the crowd had left. Only 20,000 remained when the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Mr. Adam Malik, spoke at the end of what Golkar officials had hoped would be a triumphant rally.