Indonesia votes: What to expect on Polling Day

Ballot papers being transported and delivered at various places across Indonesia - including (top) by helicopter at Wamena airport in Jayawijaya, Papua, and by horse cart to reach remote villages in the Gili islands, Lombok - ahead of Polling Day. PH
Workers in Tanah Abang, central Jakarta, carrying ballot boxes to be loaded onto vehicles and transported to a holding area before being distributed to polling stations. Each voter must cast votes for five different levels of government, from the presidency to regional and local representatives. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Ballot papers being transported and delivered at various places across Indonesia - including (top) by helicopter at Wamena airport in Jayawijaya, Papua, and by horse cart to reach remote villages in the Gili islands, Lombok - ahead of Polling Day. PH
Ballot papers being transported and delivered at various places across Indonesia - including (above) by helicopter at Wamena airport in Jayawijaya, Papua, and by horse cart to reach remote villages in the Gili islands, Lombok - ahead of Polling Day. PHOTO: ANTARA FOTO
Ballot papers being transported and delivered at various places across Indonesia - including (top) by helicopter at Wamena airport in Jayawijaya, Papua, and by horse cart to reach remote villages in the Gili islands, Lombok - ahead of Polling Day. PH
Ballot papers being transported and delivered at various places across Indonesia - including by helicopter at Wamena airport in Jayawijaya, Papua, and (above) by horse cart to reach remote villages in the Gili islands, Lombok - ahead of Polling Day. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

POLLS OPEN AT 7AM

• Polling stations for the long-awaited presidential and legislative elections across Indonesia open at 7am local time (8am Singapore time) today. Registered voters have up until 1pm to cast their ballots in what is a complex five-stage process, starting with a comprehensive identification check.

FIVE BALLOT 'CARDS'

• Each voter needs to cast their votes for five different levels of government, from the presidency - contested between the incumbent Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto - down to their regional and local representatives. Some of these ballot "cards" are printed on A2 paper, which is about the size of four sheets of A4 paper, due to the number of seats being contested. There are also ballots in braille for the visually impaired.

POLLS CLOSE AT 1PM

• Votes will be manually counted at the polling stations after polls close at 1pm.

UNOFFICIAL QUICK COUNTS

• The official results for the elections will be announced only about a week later, but unofficial "quick count" results will be released hours after polling ends.

 
 

• Quick counts conducted by private polling and survey agencies, which look at a sample of ballots after polling closes to estimate the overall vote, have proved to be accurate in past elections.

OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

• A progressive release of the official election results will take place from April 25 to May 22, and candidates can contest the results from May 23 to June 15.

INAUGURATION OF LEADERS

• Winners of the elections will be inaugurated by October this year for a five-year term.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2019, with the headline 'What to expect on Polling Day'. Print Edition | Subscribe