Voting closes in Indonesia’s giant one-day electionhttps://indianexpress.com/photos/world-news/voting-closes-in-indonesias-giant-one-day-election-5679889/

Voting closes in Indonesia’s giant one-day election

President Joko Widodo, a former furniture salesman who launched his political career as a small-city mayor, is standing for re-election in a contest with ex-general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in 2014.

Voting closes in Indonesia's giant one-day election

Tens of millions of Indonesians voted in presidential and legislative elections Wednesday. About 193 million people were eligible to vote in elections that will decide who leads the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. (Reuters)

Voting closes in Indonesia's giant one-day election

President Joko Widodo, a former furniture salesman who launched his political career as a small-city mayor, is standing for re-election in a contest with ex-general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in 2014. (Reuters)

Voting closes in Indonesia's giant one-day election

Nearly 350,000 police and soldiers joined 1.6 million paramilitary officers stationed across the country of 17,000 islands to safeguard the vote Wednesday. (Reuters)

Voting closes in Indonesia's giant one-day election

The eight-hour vote across a country that stretches more than 5,000 km (3,000 miles) from its western to eastern tips was both a Herculean logistical feat and testimony to the resilience of democracy two decades after authoritarianism was defeated. (Reuters)

Voting closes in Indonesia's giant one-day election

Most opinion polls give Widodo a double-digit lead, but the opposition says the race is much closer and Prabowo, dressed in a white shirt and a traditional peci cap, said before voting in the city of Bogor he was optimistic about winning. (Reuters)