The World’s Most Complicated Single-Day Election Is a Feat of Democracy

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Indonesia’s ability to hold free and fair polls illustrates many of the oft-hidden processes that, beyond the simple act of casting ballots, underpin democratic societies.

  • Ben Bland
  • The Atlantic

The shabby headquarters of Indonesia’s general-election commission in central Jakarta is an unlikely bastion of democracy.

But it is from here that the KPU, as it is known, will soon execute the …

The logistical challenges are breathtaking.

Six million election workers have been recruited and trained to oversee more than 810,000 polling stationsspread across hundreds of islands.

The polling staff…

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