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Jakarta Post

Officials work overnight, fight fatigue to report, count ballots

  • Syofiardi Bachyul and Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 20, 2019   /  08:19 am
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Night reader: A local poll administrator (KPPS) uses a smartphone to check ballots during the vote count on Wednesday at Lolu Utara, Palu, Central Sulawesi. The vote count ended past midnight.(Antara/Basri Marzuki)

Many local poll administrators (KPPS) worked through the night counting votes for the presidential and legislative elections on April 17. Khalid Syaifullah, the chief of a KPPS in Kuranji district in Padang, West Sumatra, told The Jakarta Post that neither he nor his team had slept in the last 29 hours as they had to finish counting votes and complete an election report. “I haven’t slept a minute since I arrived at the polling station yesterday at dusk,” Khalid said on Thursday morning. “Hopefully, we will finish the report and submit it to the district election committee by 11 a.m.,” he said. This is not the first time Syaifullah has carried out such an important task. The 40-year-old carried out tasks for the KPPS during the New Order regime. The general election marked the world’s biggest one-day election. More than 190 million...