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Six polling station officers die of fatigue on Indonesia's election day

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 19, 2019   /   01:38 pm
Six polling station officers die of fatigue on Indonesia's election day Milestone: A man prepares polling station 15 in Keraton district, Yogyakarta, on Tuesday. A red carpet has been rolled out at the station, where there is also a wood signpost emblazoned with the Javanese greeting monggo (welcome). (The Jakarta Post/Tarko Sudiarno)

Six polling station working committee (KPPS) officers reportedly died due to exhaustion after working long hours on election day on April 17.

One of the officers, Supriyanto, 54, the head of a KPPS in Cigalontang subdistrict, Tasikmalaya, West Java, passed out and was rushed to a nearby community health center (Puskesmas) but was pronounced dead at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Cigalontang  Police chief Adj. Comr. Tudiman said Supriyanto may have become exhausted after working twelve hours nonstop.

"Supriyanto complained of finding it hard to breathe before he passed out. His family said he had a history with asthma,” Tudiman said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Meanwhile, in Malang, East Java KPPS officer Agus Susanto, 40, from Lowokwaru subdistrict, passed away after finishing his work at a polling station.

Malang General Elections Commission (KPU) head Zaenudin said Agus might have died of exhaustion after working on election day.

Social media users are mourning them, using the hashtag #MartirDemokrasi (MartyrsofDemocracy)  to honor their hard work in the election.

 “I can’t imagine how tired they must have been. We should really appreciate how hard the @KPU_ID team has been working to prepare for this election,” @kakaoutloud tweeted on Thursday.