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Jakarta Post

Jakarta gets ready for final gubernatorial showdown

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 20 2012   /  07:40 am

From Solo with love: A resident of Surakarta wearing festival attire (right, obscured) demonstrates his support for a smooth and peaceful Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay) Only hours before voting begins in the gubernatorial runoff, polling station officials on Wednesday were busily preparing for the election — locally dubbed a “democracy party”.

Members of the Regional Election Organizer Committee (KPPS) of polling station (TPS) 28 in Palmerah, West Jakarta, began to set up desks, chairs and banners as office hours ended on Wednesday evening.

“We waited until all employees left the building and the parking lot were empty so that we wouldn’t disturb them,” said Dadang Iskandar, 49, who heads the polling station located in the Cahaya Palmerah office building’s parking lot.

Dadang said that he received ballot boxes ...