Jakarta: Several hundred individuals ailing from mental health issues exercised their rights to vote at the Bina Laras Harapan Sentosa 2 nursing home in Cipayung, East Jakarta, Wednesday.
The nursing home has set up two polling stations (TPS) to enable 220 eligible voters from Bina Laras Harapan Sentosa 2 and Budi Murni nursing homes to cast their votes.
Nursing home head Tuti Sulistyaningsih confirmed that they had set up two TPS to prevent spiraling queues and ensure a conducive environment.
"We have segregated it into two polling stations, 078 and 079, situated in proximity. Thank God, the KPU (the General Election Commission) agreed to assist us," she remarked.
The process of casting ballots went smoothly since the voters had earlier taken part in an event held by the KPU and volunteers to disseminate information. The voters were able to independently cast their ballot without any volunteer assistance.
Each voter merely took a minute or two to vote.
The polling stations were shut down at 1 p.m. local time in line with the KPU regulation.
Indonesia held its first-ever simultaneous general and presidential elections today. Voters elected the president, vice president and members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
According to the General Elections Commission (KPU), as many as 192 million people were eligible to vote this year. In the meantime, more than 800 thousand polling stations were open across the country.
According to reports, the polling stations were guarded by 270 thousand police officers and 70 thousand military personnel. In addition to that, police and military were assisted by 1.6 million community protection (linmas) officers.
This year, 16 national political parties took part on a national level. In Aceh, Four local political parties took part on a provincial level.
Similar with 2014, the 2019 presidential race was contested by Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto. Five years ago, Jokowi won 53 percent of the votes against Prabowo. (Antara)