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Electing a Leader  

by on Wednesday, 9 July 2008No Comment | 804 views

Today, Balinese hold an election that elects the leader of Bali for the next five years. Election as a mean to determine the future leader is not a new thing in Bali. In some areas in Bali, election has been practiced as a mean to determine the head of hamlet (klian), although election or voting is usually the last choice.

In electing the klian, a general meeting of all hamlet members is hold in the hamlet-meeting hall. This meeting in the first place usually tries to choose the hamlet leader with a general agreement without voting, but if the candidates and their supporter cannot be settled into a win-win solution, a voting have to be held to elect the future leader.

In other areas in Bali, the one who hold the office of hamlet leader (klian) is determined through rotation. In other words, each hamlet member will be given a chance to hold the office of hamlet leader for a certain length of time.

In Tenganan Pegrisingan village, the future leader is determined through meritocracy system. The most senior member of the village that has already fulfilled all requirements of becoming a leader in Tenganan society is the one that will hold the office of Tenganan customary leader.

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