Indonesians go to the polls on Wednesday (15/02) to elect regional heads in more than 100 provinces, cities, and districts, with the contest for the powerful post of Jakarta governor turning into one of the more divisive political battles in the country's democratic era.
The race to lead the city of more than 10 million is being fought by three powerful candidates whose rivalry has triggered mass protests and stirred religious and political tensions in the world's third-largest democracy.
Jakarta governor candidate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the son for former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and his wife Annisa Pohan register their vote at a polling station in Rawa Barat, South Jakarta, on Wednesday (15/02). (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
Current Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama registers his vote at a polling station in Pluit near his home in Pantai Mutiara, North Jakarta, on Wednesday (15/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jakarta governor candidate Anies Baswedan, a former education minister, greets the crowd with his customary three-fingered salute after registering his vote at a polling station in West Cilandak, South Jakarta, on Wednesday (15/02). (Antara Photo/Agung Rajasa)