JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Polls opened for around 187 million Indonesians eligible to vote in single-day legislative elections, a huge feat in the still-young democracy that’s expected to help clear the path for the country’s next president.
After three weeks of peaceful outdoor campaigning, voters across three time zones cast their ballots Wednesday for members of national and local legislatures and representatives at more than a half million makeshift booths from the eastern Papua province to the devout Muslim province of Aceh in the west.
For many, the election was more about supporting a specific party than voting for individual candidates, to help boost the chances for their favorite presidential hopeful three months from now.
Many believe Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, known affectionately as Jokowi, is a shoo-in to become the next president.