Indonesians vote today, to choose the next President

Indonesians vote today, to choose the next President

Voting is underway in presidential and legislative elections Wednesday in Indonesia, the world’s third-biggest democracy, after a campaign that pitted the moderate incumbent against an ultranationalist former general.

The first rounds of voting happened in the easternmost provinces followed an hour later by central regions such as Bali and then the Cpital Jakarta and then at the western provinces. 
About 193 million people are expected to vote in polls this year. It will decide who leads the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Indonesians are also voting for Senate and national, provincial and district legislatures.

The election to choose the next President will be a pick between five more years of the steady progress which has been achieved under Indonesia’s first President from outside the Jakarta elite, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo or electing Prabowo Subianto who is a former general from the era of the Suharto military dictatorship.

Opinion polls have been consistently providng a large lead to Widodo of up to 20%. The analysts are predicting the race to be tighter.

Widodo’s presidential campaign highlighted his progress in poverty reduction and improving Indonesia’s inadequate infrastructure with new ports, toll roads, airports, and mass rapid transit — which became a reality last month in Jakarta, the country’s chronically congested capital.

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