19 Apr '17, 1am

#Jakarta polls open amid high tension

#Jakarta polls open amid high tension

JAKARTA - President Joko Widodo on Wednesday (April 19) called for unity among Indonesians, as millions in Jakarta headed to the polls to pick their next governor in what has been a tightly contested election. "Let's not allow our differences in political views divide us, because we are all brothers and sisters. Whatever the election results, whoever is elected, we must accept it with an open heart," he said after casting his vote at Gambir polling station, located just a stone's throw from the Istana presidential palace. The president, who was accompanied by First Lady Iriana and State Secretary Pratikno, is among the high profile politicians to have cast their votes as of 11am local time (12pm Singapore time), or just two hours before ballot boxes were sealed at 1pm. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, former president Megawati Sukarnopurti as well as both pairs of candidates co...

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