This article explores the grassroots repercussions of Indonesia’s national elections through an extensive account of the campaign in Maluku, an archipelagic province of 1.7 million inhabitants (among them 1.2 million voters) in the country’s east. Drawing from interviews with candidates and voters in Ambon, Tanimbar, Buru and Banda, Professor Marcus Mietzner sketches out the presidential election in the province, analyse its relationship with the legislative ballots, and take a close look at the patterns of district-level elections as well as the issues dominating them.

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