Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has defeated rival Prabowo Subianto to win a second term in office, the country’s elections commission has said. The elections commission announced the result a day earlier amid fears of unrest after his rival Prabowo vowed to challenge any victory for the incumbent leader.
The presidential, parliamentary and regional elections in Indonesia took place on April 17, 2019. According to some estimates nearly 153 million out of 193 million total voters cast their ballots in the elections. The counting of the votes is still underway. The 270 election workers have been died so far in as the result of work overload and fatigue-related illness. The election workers are counting the ballots by hand and they are working long hours. Nearly 2,000 workers have fallen ill.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) has confirmed the deaths and illness of election workers hired to monitor and conduct the elections and then counting the votes. Most of the people died because they were not healthy enough to take up the hard job. As per report, some seven million people were helping count and monitor the 17 April vote. They were expected to work through the night in sweltering conditions, which took a hefty physical toll on many.
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