General Elections Commission (KPU) staff brief a blind voter on how to cast his vote on a braille ballot paper in Malang, East Java, during a simultaneous regional election familiarization session on Monday, June 25, 2018. JP/Aman Rochman
Polling station officials put up the eligible voter list in Kampung Gaga, Larangan, Tangerang regency, Banten, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. A total of 323 voters were slated to cast their votes at the polling station. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama
A polling station official is dressed as a ghost at Randusari polling station in Semarang, Central Java, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The station is located in the middle of Bergota cemetery. JP/Suherdjoko
A voter collects a ballot paper from an election official wearing traditional Papuan dress, on June 27, 2018 at polling station TPS 005 in Awiyo subdistrict, Abepura district, Jayapura, to vote in the Papua gubernatorial election. JP/Nethy Dharma Somba
An official drives a voter back home in a pedicab after she cast her vote in Cibadak subdistrict, Astana Anyar district, Bandung on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The neighborhood unit officials in the subdistrict hired pedicab drivers to pick up and take home elderly voters so they could cast their votes. JP/Arya Dipa
A voter submits her ballot at a polling station in Kalibaru subdistrict, Depok, West Java on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. In the West Java gubernatorial election, Ridwan Kamil and Uu Ruzhanul Ulum won in the quick count result. JP/Ricky Yudhistira
Polling station officials in Mejosari subdistrict, Malang municipality, East Java, are wearing aprons and chef’s hats at the kitchen-themed polling station. Most of the officials work as cooks on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. JP/Aman Rochman
A voter casts his ballot at a World Cup-themed polling station in Nayo subdistrict, Kadipiro district, Surakarta, Central Java in the gubernatorial election on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi
A voter poses with “Batman”, “Iron Man” and “Captain America” after casting her vote in the West Java gubernatorial election in Citarum district, Bandung, West Java on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. JP/Dewi Yulianti
Polling station officials – all wearing traditional Javanese costumes – prepare the ballot papers for the counting process at the Telogo village polling station in Klaten regency, Central Java on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. JP/Boy T. Harjanto
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]