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  Indonesian presidential election, 2004 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Presidential elections were held in Indonesia on Monday July 5, and Monday September 20, 2004.
The field of candidates for the presidential election was partly determined by the results of the legislative election, held on April 5.
Indonesian election law provides that presidential candidates must be nominated by – but not necessarily be members of – a party or coalition that wins at least 5% of votes in the parliamentary election, or 3% of the 550 seats (that is, 17 seats) in the People's Representative Council (DPR).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Indonesian_presidential_election,_2004   (880 words)

 Elections in 2004 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ghanaian presidential election, 2004 and Ghanaian parliamentary election, 2004
Indonesian presidential election, 2004 and Indonesian legislative election, 2004
Romanian presidential elections, 2004 and Romanian legislative elections, 2004
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/2004_election   (224 words)

 Indonesia Holds First Democratic Presidential Election
year of democracy, the elections were crucial in establishing a precedent for making presidential elections a peaceful democratic institution in the country.
A unique feature of the Indonesian voting process is the paper ballot with each candidate’s picture on it; to vote one is supposed to punch, with a nail, the section of the ballot under the picture of the candidate of their choice, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Presidential candidate General Wiranto led the armed forces during the withdrawal, when, according to the Heritage Foundation, the military killed nearly 1,400 citizens, and destroyed nearly 75% of East Timor’s infrastructure.
www.dfn.org /printer_IndonesiaElection.shtml   (680 words)

 The 2004 Elections in Indonesia
In the previous 1999 election, provinces were the electoral districts for the DPR and the provincial DPRD elections, however for the 2004 elections the electoral districts will be smaller and have been drawn up by the General Elections Commission (KPU), which will organize and oversee the elections process.
The results of the elections for the legislative bodies are expected to be announced by 30 April 2004, and the KPU has pledged to complete the process as speedily as possible.
Active campaigning for the presidential and vice presidential elections is scheduled for 1 June to 1 July 2004, followed by the election to take place on 5 July 2004, which it is understood is to be declared a national holiday.
www.expat.or.id /info/2004elections.html   (1305 words)

 Recount after Indonesian poll chaos - World - www.theage.com.au
Indonesia's election authority last night ordered a nationwide recount of votes as the country's first direct presidential election descended into confusion over millions of votes wrongly declared invalid.
In Indonesian elections, voters use a nail to punch a hole in the face of their preferred candidate.
Like the month-long election campaign, voting yesterday was free of violence, although Mr Yudhoyono warned that may change if he or another candidate did not win more than 50 per cent in the first round, meaning a run-off ballot between the top two candidates would have to be held in September.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2004/07/05/1089000088832.html?oneclick=true   (526 words)

 USATODAY.com - Suharto's Golkar Party leads Indonesian elections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Indonesians voted Monday for a 550-seat lower house, a 128-seat upper house, and local and provincial councils.
It was the second free election in Indonesia since the fall of Suharto in 1998 — and was expected to set the scene for the country's first direct presidential poll in July.
Election officials said vote counters across the sprawling archipelago were working 24-hour shifts to get the ballots tallied, but that full results might take another three days.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-04-05-indonesia-election_x.htm   (782 words)

In the post-legislative election 2004, Indonesia is in the middle of the struggle over the direct presidential election on 5 July 2004.
The acceleration of SBY in the direct presidential election 2004 is not without obstacle as they face serious competition from Wiranto who is looking to an alliance with NU (the most prospective candidate is Solahuddin Wahid (Gus Solah)).
Of course, the presidential election is more interesting than the legislative election because it is unprecedented.
www.cps-sss.org /april2004.html   (755 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Indonesia set for run-off poll
A former army general secured a decisive victory in the first round of Indonesia's presidential election and will face the incumbent president in a run-off poll, the country's election officials said today.
The elections marked the first time that Indonesia's 210 million people voted directly for their president, and were seen as a key step in the country's transition to democracy six years after the fall of ex-dictator Suharto.
Election commission head Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said the tally of votes cast was accurate, but he invited losing parties to challenge the results if they wished.
www.guardian.co.uk /indonesia/Story/0,2763,1269565,00.html   (499 words)

 Boston.com / News / World / Asia / Indonesia Presidential Favorite Chooses Strong VP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Indonesian presidential favorite Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has picked a respected cabinet member as his running mate for the July 5 election, officials said on Sunday, dealing a blow to President Megawati Sukarnoputri.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian presidential favorite Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has picked a respected cabinet member as his running mate for the July 5 election, officials said on Sunday, dealing a blow to President Megawati Sukarnoputri.
Golkar is leading in the parliamentary election with 21 percent of the vote, followed by Megawati's PDI-P) with 19.5 percent.
www.boston.com /news/world/asia/articles/2004/04/18/indonesia_presidential_favorite_chooses_strong_vp   (623 words)

 Boston.com / News / World / Asia / Runoff election may test Indonesia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The election -- the first time Indonesians voted directly for president -- was praised by the European Union and other monitors as a smooth, peaceful process.
Indonesian share prices and the rupiah surged Tuesday after the peaceful vote and the prospect of seeing two finalists with strong international support and similar visions for the country.
With just over a third of the vote counted, results from the national election commission showed Yudhoyono leading with 33.5 percent; Megawati was second with 26.7 percent, and Wiranto had 22.1 percent.
www.boston.com /news/world/asia/articles/2004/07/06/poll_shows_run_off_in_indonesia_election?mode=PF   (659 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Poll shows retired general winning first round of Indonesian presidential ...
Election officials ordered a recount of a large number of ballots that were declared invalid because voters had accidentally spoiled them by punching the paper when it was folded in two.
The election in the world's largest Muslim nation was a massive enterprise, with more than 155 million eligible voters spread across 13,000 islands and three time zones.
The run-up to the election was orderly, with none of the protests, violence or investor jitters that have characterized political conflicts and rivalries in recent years.
signonsandiego.com /news/world/20040705-1007-indonesia-election.html   (963 words)

 Indonesian Presidential Election’s Hard-Fought Second Round
Major Indonesian newspapers hailed Indonesia’s first direct presidential election as an historic milestone and called on the nation to respect the outcome (AFP photo/Farjana K. Godhuly).
Her approach to the Muslim United Development Party, which won 8 percent of the general election vote, was successful: it has openly declared its support for her.
In this year’s general election, the ruling coalition won a big victory over the Islamist party that was its main rival, and it did so under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a leader who called for a progressive Islamic society which respected the rights of all citizens and encouraged economic and social development.
www.washington-report.org /archives/Oct_2004/0410034.html   (1546 words)

 The Wiranto Dilemma: Indicted War Criminal Seeks the Indonesian Presidency   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The upcoming presidential election in Indonesia presents the Bush administration and members of Congress with a dilemma.
Yudhoyono, the leading presidential candidate, felt compelled to announce that he “respected” the decisions of Indonesia’s supreme court, and another Indonesian official called Ridge’s remarks detrimental to the war on terrorism.
So from now to the July 5 presidential election, the best policy for Congress and the Administration is to withhold comment on the candidates and trust Indonesia’s democratic process.
www.heritage.org /Research/AsiaandthePacific/wm488.cfm?renderforprint=1   (740 words)

The first phase of the elections went off peacefully except for some minor hitches and according to some analysts 87 per cent of the registered voters went to the polls.
For the first time in the country, the elections are being managed by a General Election Commission (KPU) and it has done a wonderful job in the last one year or so for making the required arrangements and preparation.
Consequent to the recent Malaysian elections, where the fundamentalist opposition party Pas was routed, it was considered that this will have an impact on the Indonesian elections.
www.saag.org /papers10/paper981.html   (2006 words)

 NIU’s Dwight King assists Jimmy Carter in monitoring historic Indonesian election   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Indonesian voters for the first time were directly choosing their president, although none of the five presidential tickets won a majority of the July 5 vote.
A run-off election is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Despite the challenges, more ballots were cast in the country’s national legislative election (124 million) than in the last U.S. presidential election (105 million).
www.niu.edu /northerntoday/2004/aug23/king.shtml   (661 words)

 Allegations of vote fraud in Ohio, Florida: Was the 2004 presidential election stolen?
In our view, those who seek to center their political assessment of the 2004 elections on charges of fraud are clutching at straws.
In the course of December 2003 and January 2004, the Democratic Party establishment, backed by the media, moved swiftly to derail the Dean campaign and shift the nomination to Kerry, viewed as the safest alternative among the candidates then trailing Dean in the polls.
Those who focus exclusively on the events of November 2 lose sight of the far more important political fact: the presidential election was manipulated by the US ruling elite, not merely on Election Day, but throughout the whole period leading up to it.
wsws.org /articles/2004/nov2004/vote-n24.shtml   (2177 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Megawati Struggling to Make Runoff in Indonesian Election
JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 4 -- Indonesians vote Monday in their first direct presidential election, with polls showing incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in danger of failing to make an expected runoff between the top two finishers in a field of five candidates.
About 153 million Indonesians are eligible to vote, and election observers said they expected that more than 90 percent would participate in choosing the president, a task previously carried out by the parliament.
In the provincial capital Semarang, on the island of Java, Agung Priyono, a security guard, said he had been a "true believer" in Megawati during the 1999 parliamentary election campaign, dressing in red, the color of her party, and joining thousands of others on his motorcycle to rally support.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A27342-2004Jul4?language=printer   (661 words)

 USATODAY.com - Poll: Indonesian challenger set for landslide in elections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is swarmed by journalists after he voted on Monday.
With over 90 million votes counted, or about two-thirds of the ballots cast in Monday's election, Yudhoyono was leading with 61%, while incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri had 39%, the General Election Commission said early Wednesday.
The election was the first in which Indonesian voters chose their leader directly, and was a key step in the sprawling nation's transition to democracy.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-09-19-indonesia-elections_x.htm   (806 words)

 Election 2004: Question the Candidates
While the primaries and general election may still seem a long way off, the election season is already in full swing.
On May 19, 2003, the Indonesian military declared martial law in Aceh, a resource-rich region in North Sumatra, initiating its largest military campaign since the 1975 invasion of East Timor.
In light of the Indonesian military's past and continuing gross human rights violations against their own people, and now the likely involvement in killing U.S. citizens, what are your views on funding and training the Indonesian military or other militaries that do not respect human rights and international law?
www.etan.org /action/action2/elect2004.htm   (892 words)

 The Epoch Times | Former General Leading Indonesian Presidential Election
JARKATA - Early election returns from Indonesia's presidential election show that former Security Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has taken an early lead, with 33 percent of the vote, followed by President Megawati Sukarnoputri and former armed forces chief General Wiranto.
Printing press operator Fauzi Priyanto, casting his ballot near his home in central Jakarta, says this election is exciting and makes him proud, because for the first time Indonesians could choose their president directly.
Thousands of international election monitors are reporting the voting has been peaceful and orderly.
english.epochtimes.com /news/4-7-5/22283.html   (412 words)

 U.S. Embassy Election Observation Team Statement on The September 20, 2004 Presidential Election In Indonesia
The September 20th direct presidential election, the largest such single-day election in the world, demonstrates the Indonesian people's continued commitment to a strong and vibrant democracy.
In almost all areas we observed, the election environment and voting process remained free of intimidation and efforts to manipulate the process.
In particular, the application of internationally-recognized methods for projecting election results, the activities of a free and vibrant press, and the presence of the candidate witnesses and domestic monitors as guarantors of the process appeared particularly important.
www.usembassyjakarta.org /press_rel/election_observer04.html   (539 words)

 Asia Times - News and analysis from throughout Southeast Asia
During the presidential election runoff on September 20, the same monitoring exercises were mobilized to ensure a fair election.
According to the police chief, about 38,000 Indonesian troops were earmarked assist the police in securing the election as a standby measure, while another 1.2 million civilian guards were to help police secure polling stations to ensure the election and post-election processes were trouble-free.
So, despite the attendant (minor) imperfections in the Indonesian elections, it is clear that Indonesian democracy - at least of the electoral kind - is on a roll.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Southeast_Asia/FI29Ae01.html   (923 words)

 The Asia Foundation
To monitor the July 5, 2004 Presidential election the JPPR, with funding from The Asia Foundation through a grant from AusAID, deployed over 100,000 observers at polling stations across the country.
The most significant problems with election administration seem to have been related to the indelible ink, and the very late revision of the criteria for evaluating the validity of ballots (described in detail in the section on the counting process).
As noticed in the previous election, not all TPS were effective in maintaining the secrecy of the ballot, with 6.4% reporting problems in this area.
www.asiafoundation.org /Locations/indonesia_jppr_assessment.html   (903 words)

 Ex-general wins Indonesian presidential election
Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won the second round of the Indonesian presidential election in September, defeating incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri in a landslide.
He served several tours of duty in East Timor during the military’s decades-long repression of the island’s independence movement and was chief of staff in the Jakarta region in 1996 during the army’s crackdown on Megawati and the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI).
Now that the election is over, Yudhoyono’s populist posturing will rapidly vanish as he is compelled to press ahead with economic measures that will further erode living standards.
www.wsws.org /articles/2004/sep2004/indo-s28.shtml   (1733 words)

 Aljazeera.Net - Yudhoyono wins, but run-off vote likely   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
's presidential race with 33.2% of the vote, but the General Election Commission believes millions of ballots may be invalid.
Election officials ordered a national vote recount after early results showed "tens of millions" of votes might have been spoiled in Monday’s inaugural presidential elections.
While anecdotal evidence from polling stations in several areas of the country suggested turnout is down from the 84 per cent participation in April’s legislative election, paper gremlins did nothing to dampen enthusiasm at the polls.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/CF1A5259-1E4E-488E-8648-A743F52F0765.htm   (770 words)

 Explosion Mars Release of Indonesian Election Results - 2004-07-26
The head of Indonesia's election commission announced that the winner of the first round of voting was Mr.
The announcement of the results of the first round of voting was delayed for several hours after a small bomb exploded at the election commission offices.
Indonesia's long, drawn-out legislative and presidential elections have been largely peaceful, despite widespread predictions of violence in the days before the polls.
www.voanews.com /english/archive/2004-07/a-2004-07-26-15-1.cfm   (399 words)

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