INDONESIA: Getting Ready to Vote

For months the betting was evenly divided among foreigners in Djakarta that Indonesia's long-postponed first national election would be postponed still longer. For even an experienced government the problem might have seemed overpowering: to register an honest vote for more than 1,000 candidates, representing 172 parties, by 43 million voters who are more than 50% illiterate and speak some 200 different dialects, at 93,000 polling places in a primitive country that is 3,000 miles long and cut up into 3,000 islands. For the young (6 years), inexperienced Indonesian Republic, beset with...

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