Indonesia: Voting underway to elect next President


In Indonesia, voting is underway to choose the next President. More than 190 million are eligible to vote.

A record 2,45,000 candidates are running for public office in the world’s third-biggest democracy, from the presidency and parliamentary seats to local positions. Opinion polls show Joko Widodo is a clear favourite but he faces a tough challenge from ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
The polls present a huge logistical challenge in a country stretching 4,800 kilometres across more than 17,000 islands with a population of more than 260 million, including hundreds of ethnic groups and languages.

Preliminary results are expected within hours after polling ends but official results are not expected until May


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