Over 270 Polling Staff Die Counting Ballot Papers Of Indonesian Elections

Ten days after the largest single day elections in Indonesia, more than 270 election staff have died due to illness caused by long work hours counting millions of ballot papers by hand.

On the 17th of April 2019, Indonesia conducted its presidential and parliamentary elections together to cut costs.

Out of 280 million regiestered voters, a whopping 80 percent, that is 193 million turned up to demonstrate their right to democracy. These voters had to punch five papers in 800000 polling booths across the nation.

Untill Saturday evening, 272 election staff died due to work related illness and 1879 others have fallen ill. The health ministry of Indonesia asked all medical hospitals in Indonesia to provide free treatment to election staff, while the finance ministry was looking to arrange compensation for the families of the deceased.

The deputy chairman of the campaign of opposition presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, Ahmad Muzani highlighted widespread cheating in the favour the current President Joko Widodo.

The Election Commission of Indonesia hopes to conclude counting of votes and announcement of the winners of the presidential and parliamentary elections on the 22nd of May.

 Source : Various