Despite the increase in the number of female candidates in the parliamentary elections held throughout Indonesia on April 9, 2014, the country would likely fail to meet its target of increasing womens representation in the 560-seat Parliament for the 2014-2019 period.
Of 6,607 legislative candidates racing for the House of Representatives (DPR) seats in the elections, some 37 percent or 2,467 were women, up from 30 percent in the legislative elections in 2009.
On May 9, the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the official results of the legislative elections, with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) in first place, winning 18.95 percent of the votes.
In a plenary meeting on the conversion of votes to parliamentary seats in Jakarta, May 14, 2014, KPU Chairman Husni Kamil Manik announced the names of 560 candidates elected to the DPR.
They will be officially sworn in as members of the Parliament in October 2014.