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Indonesia elections: Polling opens in Papua, Malukus

Published on Apr 9, 2014 6:00 AM

Voting for Indonesia's fourth general election since it became a full-fledged democracy has begun in the country's easternmost time zone, spanning the provinces of Papua, West Papua, Maluku and North Maluku.

Some 186 million eligible voters in Indonesia have six hours to go to the polls - from 7am to 1pm local time - to choose their representatives at four levels - MPs in the 560-seat national parliament, provincial assembly, district or city assembly, and the 132-seat regional representative council. 

They will vote at over 545,000 polling stations across the sprawling archipelago of 17,000 islands, from the highlands of Papua to islands off the coast of Aceh. 

Ballot boxes arrived at many of these stations in recent days, but in many areas, the boxes only went out from sub-district offices late Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning.

An Indonesian woman carries her child across a bridge in Jakarta adorned with party flags on April 4, 2014.  As polling opened on Wednesday, expectations were that PDI-P would garner more votes than its rival parties. -- PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
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