Indonesian general election underway

A woman shows her finger inked to mark that she has already voted during the election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024.

JAKARTA, - Voting commenced in Indonesia on Wednesday, with over 200 million voters participating to select a new president amidst concerns over living expenses and human rights. Indonesia is poised to transition into a new political era following President Joko Widodo's completion of his maximum presidential term.

In this significant event, Indonesians will not only choose a new president and vice president but also elect parliamentary and local representatives in what is the world's largest single-day election.

Three candidates are vying for the presidency: Anies Baswedan, Prabowo Subianto, and Ganjar Pranowo. They are looking to succeed the incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term.

Prabowo Subianto, the incumbent defence minister and a former military general, is leading the polls. His running mate is Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of the outgoing president. Anies Baswedan, a former academic and Jakarta’s ex-governor, and Ganjar Pranowo, a former provincial governor, are the other two candidates.

The election is a significant event for Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy and largest Muslim-majority nation. The results of this election could have far-reaching implications for the country’s future direction. (NB)


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