And Eric Trump too.

Andry Trysandy Mahany   14 November 2016 15:54


1. The number of parties.

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A lot of parties compete in Indonesian election while in US two big parties dominate the election, Democrat and Republican. They don’t really have any restrictions on the numbers of parties, but these two have almost always dominated.

2. How they choose candidates.

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In Indonesia, all political parties is allowed to choose presidential candidate. Meanwhile in the US, citizens have a strong influence in deciding candidates through the primary/caucus system. 

3. How they decide the winner.

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In Indonesia, whoever gains the most votes is the winner. This is called a popular vote. In the US, they have the Electoral College, where the winner in each states is awarded all the allotted votes that state represents. There are 538 such votes available and a candidate must pass 270 to be declared the winner. Via this system it is possible for a candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election, just as Hillary Clinton did last week. 


4. The date of election.

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US Election is held every four years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday November. Indonesia holds a presidential election every five years. 

5. Campaign material.

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In the US, there are campaign signs all over the place during an election season. But they got nothing on Indonesia!



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