Indonesia holds first simultaneous local elections
Indonesia is holding its first simultaneous local elections today when 269 of the 537 leaderships for local government will be elected.
This includes nine governors and their vice-governors in the provinces of West Sumatra, Jambi, Riau Islands, Bengkulu, North, Central and South Kalimantan and North and Central Sulawesi. There are 20 pairs of candidates standing in this election of which 19 are supported by political parties.
There are contests in 224 regencies (districts) for regent and deputy regent. In the regencies there are 696 pairs of candidates with 116 pairs being independent candidates. There are also 36 mayoral and deputy mayoral posts being elected for which there are 111 pairs of candidates with 90 pairs supported by political parties.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced that a further 99 authorities will be contested in a second wave in February 2017 and then 171 more authorities in June 2018.