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On April 17, 2019 Indonesia’s first joint presidential and parliamentary election was held, where next to the president and his vice president also the members of both houses of parliament, DPD and DPR and representatives of two local parliaments were elected.
The simultaneous elections were a huge logistical challenge for the largest Muslim country with a population of 260 million people spread over more than 18,000 islands. Eligible to vote (registered) were 190 million voters who were able to give their vote in more than 800,000 polling stations in all parts of the country. They had to punch with a nail the names of their candidates in five different election lists and then mark their little finger with a non-washable ink. To ensure a smooth and transparent election process, about seven million helpers were involved.
Over 400 helpers died on their enormous and exhausting mission. The voter participation was surprisingly high at about 80%, higher than five years ago (72%).
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