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A Widodo win benefits Australia too

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15.04.2019

As the April school holidays continue throughout Australia, thousands of families and individuals have turned their focus north to our favourite holiday destination; the Indonesian island of Bali. And apart from our Bali holidays there is little many of us know, or care, about the rest of Indonesia.

Yet right in the middle of these Australian school holidays, a relatively unheard-of event of truly massive proportions will take place throughout Indonesia tomorrow, as over 193 million Indonesian citizens head out on just one day to vote for their next president, their next national and state legislature and also to elect members of over 400 local councils.

A street busker in a traditional giant puppet, called ondel-ondel, in Jakarta. The world's third-largest democracy is gearing up to hold its legislative and presidential elections.Credit:AP

Just consider the logistics that are being actioned now, as a lead-up to tomorrow’s election day: There will be 245,000 candidates seeking ‘only’ 20,000 seats. There will be 800,000 polling stations to accommodate voters, of which 100 million will be under 35 years of age.

More than 300,000 officials supported by six million electoral workers will assist voters on the day. Every person will have........

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