2018 regional elections in Indonesia

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Indonesia Project

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Tuesday 10 April 2018


Lt 1.13 Coombs Extension Building #8, Fellows Road, ANU


Philips Vermonte, Centre for Strategic and International Studies.


ANU Indonesia Project
+61 2 6125 5954

The upcoming 2018 regional elections is the second leg of the newly-implemented simultaneous regional elections in Indonesia. The first leg took place in 2017 in 101 regional governments including the provincial, district and city levels. The upcoming regional elections includes 171 regional governments ranging from elections for governors, districts heads and mayors.

These elections are seen as the prelude to the 2019 presidential and legislative elections that will also be conducted simultaneously. They are also of electoral importance as they will involve approximately 160 million voters across the regions, only about 30 million voters away from the total number of eligible voters in the 2019 presidential and legislative elections. One of several consequences of the adoption of simultaneous mode of election is that it forces political parties to form a coalition before the elections take place given the election law requires certain threshold to be fulfilled by political parties to nominate their candidates.

The presentation will address three questions. First, do we see consistent and sustainable patterns in the coalition formation among political parties in the 2018 regional elections? Second, how much of this coalition pattern can be explained by the results of the past 2014 presidential and legislative elections and by their electoral strategies for the 2019 elections? Third, what do they tell us about the nature of party and electoral reforms in Indonesia?

Philips Vermonte is the Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. He received his PhD in Political Science at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, USA in 2012. Dr Vermonte is an expert in political affairs. His interests include comparative politics, non-traditional security issues in Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s foreign policy and conflict studies.

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