Indonesia elections end with counting the dead

Indonesia elections end with counting the dead

Jakarta - Voting was largely peaceful and was estimated to have drawn 80 per cent of the total 193 million voters.



By Reuters

Published: Mon 29 Apr 2019, 11:59 PM

Ten days after Indonesia held the world's biggest single-day elections, more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses caused by long hours of counting millions of ballot papers by hand, an official said on Sunday.
The April 17 elections were the first time the country of 260 million people combined the presidential vote with national and regional parliamentary ones, with an aim to cut costs. Voting was largely peaceful and was estimated to have drawn 80 per cent of the total 193 million voters, who each had to punch up to five ballot papers in over 800,000 polling stations.
But conducting the eight-hour vote in a country that stretches more than 5,000km from its western to eastern tips proved to be both a Herculean logistical feat and deadly for officials, who had to count ballot papers by hand. As at Saturday night, 272 election officials had died, mostly from overwork-related illnesses, while 1,878 others had fallen ill.


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