Election day in Jakarta

Voters in Jakarta go to the polls today to cast their votes to elect the capital’s next governor and vice governor in the runoff election which see tight competition between incumbents Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Saiful Hidayat and their sole rivals Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno.

According to The Jakarta Post Online report on Wednesday, more than 7.2 million eligible voters have the right to cast their ballots at one of the 13,034 polling stations across Jakarta.

On Tuesday, Karanganyar police in Central Java staged an unannounced examination of vehicles bound for Jakarta to prevent any mass mobilization during the gubernatorial election.

The search was conducted for one hour in the morning, at noon and in the afternoon in several locations along the Karanganyar-Solo highway.

Police stopped and examined all public transportation, private cars and trucks during the raid. They informed the travelers of the national police chief’s directive which bans any parties staging a mass mobilization during the election day. Fifteen minibuses, 10 private cars and three buses were turned back.

During the operation, police randomly examined goods carried by trucks to prevent the delivery of dangerous materials which might jeopardize security.