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Election watchdog calls for review following deaths of officers, officials

  • Kharishar Kahfi, Apriadi Gunawan, Aman Rochman and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Medan/Malang/Bandung   /   Mon, April 22 2019   /  12:43 am

Indonesia has been praised for its relative success in hosting simultaneous presidential and legislative elections, billed as the world’s biggest single-day and most complex elections.More than 190 million people were eligible to vote at more than 800,000 polling stations across the country, with about 5 million staffing the stations to count and report the election results. More than 400,000 military personnel and police officers were also involved to safeguard the whole process across the country on April 17.However, the accomplishment has been overshadowed by dozens of reports about the deaths, presumably caused by exhaustion, of local poll administrators (KPPS) and security personnel who worked day and night prior, during and after voting day. These have prompted election watchdogs to urge the General Elections Commission (KPU) to review the concurrent elections to prevent a simila...