Indonesia’s election campaigns are an expensive business. They can even lead political parties to financial ruin. From spending on such things as free music concerts, food, T-shirts, stickers and expenses for candidates, parties need funds to cover their campaign costs.
Some politicians may even attempt to use illegitimate funding sources, which will undermine their parties’ and candidates’ integrity.
How much are the political parties willing to invest in order to contest the upcoming elections next month, compared with the last elections?
Political parties and candidates often do not hesitate to heavily invest in their campaigns. In the 2004 and 2009 legislative elections, the total funds reported to the state auditor were 298 billion rupiah (S$32.1 million) and 826 billion rupiah, respectively.
… Fitri Bintang Timur is an Associate Research Fellow and Adhi Priamarizki is a Senior Analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Last updated on 30/11/-0001