Capital city elects new Governor
A gubernatorial election takes place in the Indonesian capital today to elect a new Governor of Jakarta for the next five years.
The incumbent governor, Fauzi Bowo, a member of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party is hoping to be elected for a second term. He will face five other candidates and the result of the election is seen as a test for the 2014 presidential election when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will stand down having completed his two terms.
Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world after India and the United States and Jakarta is a major Asian city where the governor holds a lot of key powers. The incumbent governor is expected to win but the election has aroused excitement largely because of the large number of other candidates prepared to take on the ruling party.
The Jakarta General Elections Commission says that there are 6,983,692 eligible voters voting across 15,059 polling stations in the Indonesian capital.