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OPINION: What Asia’s election season tells us


Elections have wrapped up from Pakistan to the Philippines.
In the first half of this year, four Asian giants went to the polls. Up to one billion voters were involved, all within a few weeks of one another.
Team Ceritalah was on the ground in Thailand, Philippines, India and Indonesia.
In Eluru in April, some two hours northeast of Amravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, we discovered a city pulsating with people. It was also mind-blowingly hot: some 42 degrees with music blaring out of loudspeakers as crowds waited for a candidate’s arrival.
By contrast, when Team Ceritalah were in the Thai city of Phitsanulok in February, the mood was subdued and calm. Most people knew who they’d be voting for. Besides, everyone understood that the polls were a farce
Back in April and just a handful of days before voting, Team Ceritalah also joined the hordes at Jakarta’s main stadium – Gelora



By The Star

June 19, 2019





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