The simultaneous regional elections in 17 provinces, 39 cities and 115 regencies were warmly welcomed by eligible voters. It was an important barometer ahead of next year’s presidential and legislative elections.
The voting itself went on smoothly despite several glitches and security concerns in Papua’s regencies of Paniai and Nduga that forced the General Elections Commission (KPU) to postpone the voting.
The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) found cases of double-registered voters. It also received reports and evidence of last-minute money distribution to buy votes in several regions.
Regardless of the quick count results, voters happily decorated their polling stations in different themes from a spooky horror theme in Semarang to a superhero-themed polling station in Bandung. [yan]