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.

Residents scan the list of legislative candidates in the 2019 elections at a polling station in Wahno village in Jayapura district, Papua. (Antara Photo/Gusti Tanati)
Residents scan the list of legislative candidates in the 2019 elections at a polling station in Wahno village in Jayapura district, Papua. (Antara Photo/Gusti Tanati)
A man wearing tribal garb voting at a polling station in Libarek Wamena subdistrict of Jayawijaya, Papua. (Antara Photo/Yusran Uccang)
A man wearing tribal garb voting at a polling station in Libarek Wamena subdistrict of Jayawijaya, Papua. (Antara Photo/Yusran Uccang)
Corruption convict Setya Novanto, right, lining up with several other prisoners to vote at a polling station in Sukamiskin Prison in Bandung, West Java. (Antara Photo/M Agung Rajasa)
Corruption convict Setya Novanto, right, lining up with other prisoners to vote at a polling station in Sukamiskin Prison in Bandung, West Java. (Antara Photo/M Agung Rajasa)
Election officials wearing superhero costumes on duty at a polling station in Surabaya, East Java. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
Election officials wearing superhero costumes on duty at a polling station in Surabaya, East Java. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
A polling station at Ngemplak in Solo, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Mohammad Ayudha)
A polling station at Ngemplak in Solo, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Mohammad Ayudha)
A member of the Jamaah An-Nadzir community votes at Bonto Marannu in Gowa district, South Sulawesi. (Antara Photo/Abriawan Abhe)
A member of the Jamaah An-Nadzir community votes at Bonto Marannu in Gowa district, South Sulawesi. (Antara Photo/Abriawan Abhe)
Residents with disabilities putting their ballots into ballot boxes at a polling station in Makassar, South Sulawesi. (Antara Photo/Arnas Padda)
Residents with disabilities putting their ballots into ballot boxes at a polling station in Makassar, South Sulawesi. (Antara Photo/Arnas Padda)
Residents take a selfie at a polling station at the offices of the State Administration Agency in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Residents take a selfie at a polling station at the offices of the State Administration Agency in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A person with mental disability showing off an inked finger after voting at Ratumbuysang Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi. About 140 people have registered to vote at the hospital. (Antara Photo/Adwit B Pramono)
A person with mental disability showing off an inked finger after voting at Ratumbuysang Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi. About 140 people have registered to vote at the hospital. (Antara Photo/Adwit B Pramono)
Election officials dressed in traditional Acehnese attire hold up their inked fingers to show that they have voted, at a polling station in Naca village, Central Trumon, South Aceh. (Antara Photo/Irwansyah Putra)
Election officials dressed in traditional Acehnese attire hold up their inked fingers to show that they have voted, at a polling station in Naca village, Central Trumon, South Aceh. (Antara Photo/Irwansyah Putra)
President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and first lady Iriana Joko Widodo after voting at the offices of the State Administration Agency in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and first lady Iriana Joko Widodo after voting at the offices of the State Administration Agency in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mar'ruf Amin and his wife Wuri Estu Handayani hold up ballot papers before voting in Koja, North Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)
Mar'ruf Amin and his wife Wuri Estu Handayani hold up ballot papers before voting in Koja, North Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto seen after voting at a polling station in Curug village in Bogor district, West Java. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto seen after voting at a polling station in Curug village in Bogor district, West Java. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)
A bottle of blessed mineral water belonging to vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno seen at a polling station in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Galih Pradipta)
A bottle of blessed mineral water belonging to vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno seen at a polling station in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Galih Pradipta)

 

 

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