In Indonesia, voting is underway in the world’s biggest single day election today (April 17) to choose a new president and parliament. The presidential race is a re-match of the 2014 contest, with incumbent Joko Widodo taking on ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
The Indonesian election commission will announce the final result in May. More than 192 million people are eligible to cast ballots in national and regional legislative elections.
The eight-hour vote across a country that stretches more than 5,000 km (3,000 miles) from its western to eastern tips is both a Herculean logistical feat and testimony to the resilience of democracy two decades after authoritarianism was defeated.
Ballot papers were delivered with security escorts to remote regions of the country by plane, speedboat, canoe and horseback. Two speedboats have been deployed as mobile polling stations for residents on the Thousand Islands chain north of Jakarta.
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18 August, 2019