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Indonesia's Elections Mostly Peaceful - 2004-04-05

Election officials in Indonesia are beginning to count the votes from Monday's elections. They say it is too early to report any trends, but note that for the most part voting was peaceful and without incident.

Although voting was postponed in remote parts of Papua province because of a lack of election materials and incidents were reported in western Aceh, where the government is battling a long-standing rebellion, election officials in Jakarta say the election was a success.

The head of European Union observers, Glyn Ford, said he had heard no significant complaints, but would issue an official assessment only after all reports are in. "As far as I know we have no complaints yet in Jakarta, but what is happening outside, we do not know at this stage," he added.

Voters chose representatives to parliament, a new assembly of provincial delegates, and regional and local assemblies. Critics said the process was too complex and voter education was insufficient.

Following the results, a coalition-building scramble is expected in anticipation of presidential elections in three months.