A Sumatran elephant and its mahout transporting logistics for the 2019 presidential and legislative elections to a polling station in the Naca tourism village in Central Trumon, South Aceh district, on Wednesday. (Antara Photo/Irwansyah Putra)
Celebration of Democracy
BY :YUDHA BASKORO AND ANTARA
APRIL 17, 2019
More than 190 million voters are expected to go to the polls across the archipelago on Wednesday to choose the country's next president, vice president and members of the national and regional legislatures.
The incumbent, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, and his running mate, senior Muslim cleric Ma'aruf Amin, are up against Prabowo Subianto, the former Army general who lost the previous election in 2014, and his running mate, businessman Sandiaga Uno.
Every region has a unique way of celebrating the occasion, such as elephants being used to deliver ballot boxes in Sumatra, and election officials wearing superhero costumes at polling stations to create a more festive atmosphere, which would hopefully encourage citizens to come out in their numbers to cast their votes.
The Jakarta Globe has made a quick roundup of activities during this celebration in the world's third-largest democracy.