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More than 270 election workers ‘die from overwork’ in Indonesia

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
More than 270 election workers ‘die from overwork’ in Indonesia

Officials prepare ballot boxes and other voting materials in Jakarta on April 11, 2019, ahead of presidential and legislative elections. Photo: AFP

More than 270 election workers in Indonesia have died because of working overtime, reported BBC on Sunday.

The workers passed away because of fatigue-related illnesses caused by long hours spent counting millions of ballot papers by hand, according to the General Elections Commission.

At least 1.878 people have fallen ill too, the poll body said.

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More than seven million were employed to count and monitor the world’s biggest single-day elections.
The polls were the first time the country of 260 million people combined the presidential vote with national and regional parliamentary elections in order to save money.

Voting was largely peaceful as 80% of the country’s 193 million voters exercised their franchise, Reuters reported. Voters in over 8,00,000 polling stations had to punch up to five ballot papers. However, an official who worked for Opposition presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto blamed the elections commission for failing to manage the workload of its staff.

The winners of the presidential and parliamentary elections are expected to be announced on May 22.

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