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Poll: Megawati still ahead in Indonesia JAKARTA - President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s party is trailing its main rival in the run-up to Indonesia’s general election but she narrowly leads the separate presidential race, according to an opinion poll released the other day. Among voters who have already made up their minds, only about 12-percent picked Megawati’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) compared to 21.4 percent who chose Golkar—the political vehicle of former dictator Suharto.
Third was the National Mandate Party led by national assembly speaker Amien Rais with around nine percent, according to the survey by the International Foundation for Electoral Studies (IFES) conducted between mid-February and March 10. However, 27 percent of those who have made their choice for the April 5 election kept their preference secret. And more than a third of all respondents said they have not yet made up their minds.
The vote proportion for each party in the April poll “is still a long way from decided,” IFES said. For the presidential election on July 5, Megawati gets 11.5 percent compared to 10.3 percent for Rais, 8.3 percent for Megawati’s former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and 6.5 percent for Golkar leader Akbar Tanjung. Yudhoyono quit his post this month after complaining that Megawati was freezing him out of Cabinet meetings because of his presidential bid.
The survey says he seems to have broad-based support compared to others who rely more on their own party followers. PDI-P had its origins among pro-democracy opponents of Suharto. In 1999, a year after Suharto stepped down, it won 34 percent of the vote compared to 22 percent for Golkar. But Golkar hopes to capitalize on disenchantment with high unemployment, endemic corruption and perceived sluggish progress toward reform. More than 147 million people in the world’s third largest democracy are eligible to vote and 95 percent of those surveyed said they will probably do so.
One quarter of those surveyed did not know there is a general election this year but the survey was conducted before campaigning officially began.



Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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