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Indonesia Celebration of Democracy

BY  YUDHA BASKORO AND ANTARA  JAKARTA GLOBE APRIL 17, 2019

A Sumatran elephant and its mahout transporting logistics for the 2019 presidential and legislative elections to a polling station in the Naca tourism village in Central Trumon, South Aceh district, on Wednesday. (Antara Photo/Irwansyah Putra)

More than 190 million voters are expected to go to the polls across the archipelago on Wednesday to choose the country’s next president, vice president and members of the national and regional legislatures.

 

Election officials wearing superhero costumes on duty at a polling station in Surabaya, East Java. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)

A polling station at Ngemplak in Solo, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Mohammad Ayudha)

A member of the Jamaah An-Nadzir community votes at Bonto Marannu in Gowa district, South Sulawesi. (Antara Photo/Abriawan Abhe)  

Residents take a selfie at a polling station at the offices of the State Administration Agency in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

Election officials dressed in traditional Acehnese attire hold up their inked fingers to show that they have voted, at a polling station in Naca village, Central Trumon, South Aceh. (Antara Photo/Irwansyah Putra)

The incumbent, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, and his running mate, senior Muslim cleric Ma’aruf Amin, are up against Prabowo Subianto, the former Army general who lost the previous election in 2014, and his running mate, businessman Sandiaga Uno.

Election officials dressed in traditional Acehnese attire hold up their inked fingers to show that they have voted, at a polling station in Naca village, Central Trumon, South Aceh. (Antara Photo/Irwansyah Putra)

Every region has a unique way of celebrating the occasion, such as elephants being used to deliver ballot boxes in Sumatra, and election officials wearing superhero costumes at polling stations to create a more festive atmosphere, which would hopefully encourage citizens to come out in their numbers to cast their votes.

The Jakarta Globe has made a quick roundup of activities during this celebration in the world’s third-largest democracy.

https://jakartaglobe.id/vision/celebration-of-democracy

From: JAKARTA GLOBE (Indonesia) April 17, 2019

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