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Early overseas voting pattern points to high Indonesia poll turnout: Report

Published on Jul 8, 2014 10:10 AM
An armed Indonesian policeman watches as a worker carries ballot boxes for distribution to election centers, at the Commission on Election in Yogyakarta, central Java island on July 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA - The turnout for Indonesia's presidential election on Wednesday should be high if the early overseas voting pattern is any indication, said a report.

But poor preparedness by Indonesian polling organisers in Hong Kong has sparked accusations of voter disenfranchisement, The Jakarta Globe reported.

In Hong Kong, more than 23,500 people voted, representing a threefold jump from the turnout in the legislative election in April, the newspaper said.

The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore reported that more than 22,200 Indonesians there turned up to cast their ballot on Sunday, some even lining up outside the embassy from 6 pm, two hours before balloting was scheduled to begin, while another 17,000 sent in their ballots by mail, according to the newspaper.

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