Insight: Islamic parties must change to win votes

Bahtiar Effendy

Padang eskpres news, padang-As we enter the elections year, hope does not seem to be running high for Islamic or Muslim-based parties. Surveys have indicated that if elections were held today, there is a strong likelihood that they would get fewer votes than they did in 2004.

The six major Islamic parties — the United Development Party (PPP), the National Awakening Party (PKB), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the Reform
Star Party (PBR) and the Crescent Star Party (PBB) — received somewhat disheartening results in the polls, with support ranging between 2 and 7 percent.

Allowing for a 1-3 percent margin of error, these figures are not significantly different from the 1999 and 2004 election results for Islamic parties. Yet in fact, perhaps with the exception of the PKS, which appears to be at the forefront of Islamic political discourse, there is the possibility they may gain less support in the 2009 elections. read more.......


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