Indonesian Elections: Almost 193 Million People Casting Vote
Last updated on April 18th, 2019
Presidential Indonesian elections started in a trouble-free manner on Wednesday. The elections experienced least possible delays as more than 800,000 polling stations were set up all across the country. Also, it has happened for the first time in the history of Indonesia that both presidential and legislative elections are taking place on the same day.
In the current elections, the count of people eligible for choosing the president and local representatives has exceeded 192 million.
Current President Joko Widodo, who is also running for the second time, casted his vote two hours before the poll ended. While he casted his vote at State Administration building in Central Jakarta, his running mate Ma’ruf Amin, casted his vote in North Jakarta.
Another presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto also went out to vote at his polling station in Hambalang, West Java. His running mate Sandiaga Uno showed up at his polling station in South Jakarta.
When asked about the chances of winning the elections, Joko said he stands confident on his selection as the President. He further said, “The way we work is we are always optimistic.” Uno the running mate of Prabowo Subianto, speaking with reporters said that during the campaigning for the Indonesian elections in the past months, he has realized that Indonesia is a country with great resources.
He said, “Our tremendous human resources are sometimes forgotten. I’m happy and thankful that this election has been about the economy, on issues such as job opportunities – especially for millennials – and the prices of staples for housewives. We focus on the issue of the economy, which unites us, instead of other issues that have the potential to tear society apart.”
As per Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, the Indonesian elections have processed without any issue. He said, “Hopefully we will not see any obstacles later today. We would be barred from voting only if a natural disaster strikes. Otherwise, everything should go smoothly.”
The people had mixed experiences during the voting in the elections. While the retired teacher Sonya Inna got the voting completed in three minutes with the help of the officials, many other voters experienced delay at the polling stations due to various reasons.
Officials have urged Indonesians to cast their votes in the elections as the abstention rates are expected to go as high as 30 percent. Various offers and activities were introduced to promote voting.
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil urged everyone in his region to cast their votes. While speaking with the media, he said “Your ignorance will later become your regret. By voting, we ensure that our quality of life in the next five years will be what we hope for.”
The citizens are content with either of the candidate emerging victorious after the Indonesian elections, as both are expected to bring their own infrastructure policies, unless they drift away from their promises made during campaigning.
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