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Indonesia's presidential election: Voters send out mixed signals

The Star/ANN | Sunday, Jul 6, 2014

Roy, 28, is a disc jockey who loves breakdancing and hanging out with his friends at Merdeka Walk, a hip and popular place in Medan.

Unlike most of his fellow Indonesians, Roy will not be heading to the polling booth on July 9 to cast his vote.

"I feel that is not important because the country remains the same whoever gets voted in. Nothing ever changes," says a disillusioned Roy.

His parents vote but "they don't force me to."

Hussin, 27, and six of his friends have decided not to vote either.

"I voted in the 2009 presidential election. They made all kinds of sweet promises but never delivered. And corruption is still rampant."

"I am sure it is going to be the same thing this time around. I've watched both the presidential candidates debate on TV and neither appeals to me," says Hussin who describes himself as an environment and nature lover.

It is a tough fight between former military commander Prabowo Subianto and Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, more popularly known as Jokowi, for the presidency.

The race is too close to call and excitement is mounting. But both Roy and Hussin want to have nothing to do with it.

They are going "golput" for the 2014 presidential election.

"Golput" is short for Golongan Putih (White Group), a term that refers to people who will not vote or who spoil their votes in elections.

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