(Jakarta, 31 March 2014) Local elections on 9 April 2014 will return Partai Aceh to power – the only question is the margin of its victory.
The formidable political machine led by figures of the old rebel diaspora and the former military commander of the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, GAM) has a weak local challenger, Partai Nasional Aceh (PNA). PNA, led by former governor Irwandi Yusuf, also from GAM, has none of the resources or grassroots network that Partai Aceh, after five years in power, has been able to marshal for the campaign.
Aceh’s Elections: A Do-It-Yourself Analysis, the latest IPAC report, gives the basic facts and figures of the election together with a chart that readers can fill in as results come in to compare Partai Aceh’s performance this year with past elections.
“The best outcome for Aceh – more checks on Partai Aceh’s power – is also the least likely,” says Sidney Jones, IPAC director. “Aceh is in for five more years of poor governance and unaccountable institutions.”