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Jakarta Post

Voters arrive early at polling stations in Mataram, Aceh

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 17, 2019   /   10:41 am
Voters arrive early at polling stations in Mataram, Aceh A woman casts her vote at a pooling station during the presidential election in Trumon, Southern Aceh province on April 17, 2019. Indonesia kicked off one of the world's biggest one-day elections, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)

The 2019 presidential and legislative elections were met with strong enthusiasm Wednesday morning, with many voters arriving at polling stations ahead of the designated voting time.

According to a General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Voters in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, however, had gathered at their designated polling stations one hour prior to voting time.

“It's OK if we have to wait in line for a long time. What’s important is that we can vote as soon as possible,” a resident identified as Sarisah said as quoted by Antara.

She added that she had picked out a special outfit, including a veil and skirt, to be worn on election day. “It feels like Idul Fitri.”

In West Aceh regency, each polling station had been manned since prior to 7 a.m. by a number of polling station working committees (KPPS) and security officers comprising  local police and military personnel, as reported by Antara.

Election materials, such as ballots and ballot boxes, were transported under heavy security until they arrived at each polling station.

A number of people were seen arriving at polling stations at 7:15 a.m. just to look at the mockup ballot displayed at each station.

Several polling stations were located in strategic locations, such as one placed on a stage in Paya Simpo village, Bireun regency.

More than 120,000 registered voters in West Aceh regency will vote at more than 620 polling stations across the regency. (kuk)