Jakarta, Apr 17: Tens of millions of Indonesians have started voting for a new president and more than 20,000 legislative seats in the nation’s biggest – and one of the world’s most complicated – ballots.
The voting began after a bitter campaign in which religion has played a prominent role, BBC reported. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a former mayor and furniture salesman from central Java, is up against the fiery nationalist and former army general Prabowo Subianto.
Prabowo, the former son-in-law of Indonesia’s longtime ruler Suharto, is running with Sandiaga Uno, a former private equity manager, while the president controversially chose Ma’ruf Amin (76), a conservative Islamic leader, as his vice-presidential running mate. Both have made political moves in line with the increased prominence of conservative Islam in the country. Mr Widodo, looking to win another five-year term, is seen as the front-runner.
Voters are now making their way to polling stations, where they will vote by punching holes in ballots. The election commission will announce the final result in May.