Today is the day where most Indonesians vote, if not for taking part in an attempt at exercising their rights then for the simple reason that there's an abundance of freebies available for those who voted. From free coffee, to ice cream, to clothing discounts. Whatever the reason - I applaud you.
I'm ashamed to say that many of my friends seems to have opted out of voting, and proudly declared their idiocy.
By all means don't vote - just don't complain, a year down the road when you feel something isn't going right. Because that's what you're basically doing by not voting, right? You're giving up your chance to partake in how this country is run.
You've basically given up your voice, your right to complain about bureaucracy, or corrupt government officials, or the economy. You do not get to say 'this government is shitty'. You also loose all rights to be proud of its accomplishments. You have no voice.
I hate it when people complain about the state of this country, and the way its run. And complain about how nothing goes right. And say that everyone in power is evil and useless and corrupt - and then they turn out to be the ones who stayed at home while hordes of others are trying to make a difference.
Its idiots like that who ruin the country.
For God's sake if you think all the candidates are evil, then choose the lesser evil. Study their policies, their views, their plans. Think carefully about what you're opinionated about, what fires you up - what issues you feel most strongly about.. Then pick a candidate which best represents that..! How hard is that?
I apologize for being harsh and calling non-voters idiots, but I just think that its idiotic to complain when you didn't care enough to partake in the process in the first place. Don't ask for democracy and then leave when you've been given the chance.