Election Officers Die Due to Exhaustion
A number of election officials, including police, KPPS officers (Voting Organizing Groups), witnesses, and election supervisors died while carrying out election-related duties in the 2019 presidential and legislative elections.
The Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) reported that as of Sunday (21/4), 14 Election supervisors died, 85 were hospitalized, 37 were under ambulatory care, 15 experienced violence, and 74 had accidents.
“We reserve our deepest respect and sincere prayer for the heroes of democracy who wholeheartedly serve in guarding the democratic process throughout Indonesia. Their sacrifice is a milestone in the nation’s democracy,” the Bawaslus Instagram reads.
Previously, President Joko Jokowi Widodo said in his Twitter and Facebook account that there were more than 800,000 polling stations in the last election; some of them are located in remote areas, on the mountains, or in the border islands.
The President pointed out the distribution process of election logistics to the Baluran National Park area in remote Situbondo, East Java, on Tuesday (16/4), the day before the election day.
“The election officers took the sea route because of the difficulty of land access to the three polling stations in that region,” President Jokowi wrote. (ES)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Mia Medyana