On June 3rd EuroCham organised a seminar on the upcoming Elections. Speakers were Mr Isach Karmiadji, International Foundation for Electoral System, Mr Ward Berenschot, KITLV (Leiden University), Mr Poltak Hotradero, Head of Research of the Indonesia Stock Exhange.Mr Karmiadji gave an overview of the legislative election and explained the mechanics of the upcoming presidential election. Generally he saw the legislative election as an orderly and credible event. The DPR turnover rate in 2014 (59%) was less than 75% of the rate in 2009, so we have more incumbents now in parliament. Mr. Berenschot has done years of field work researching local politics in Indonesia. His critical note was that the democratic process has not yet resulted in a substantially better governance, particularly on the local level. Mr Hotradero noted that the next President, whoever wins, will only have limited time before the development plan for the next five years is signed into law. The new President will also have little fiscal room to implement his own agendas, as long as there is no change in the fuel subsidy policy.