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Indonesia's Opposition Party Leads Elections

People watch as electoral officials show ballot papers during vote counting at a polling station in Jakarta, April 9, 2014.
People watch as electoral officials show ballot papers during vote counting at a polling station in Jakarta, April 9, 2014.
VOA News
Indonesia's main opposition party is set to take the most votes according to early results from Wednesday's parliamentary election.

Unofficial tallies show the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) will receive close to 20 percent of the vote, followed by the Golkar party and the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerinda).
 
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Indonesia's General Elections

 
  • 186.5 million registered voters
  • More than 500,000 polling stations
  • Voting taking place on about 900 islands
  • 12 parties staging candidates
  • 560 national seats in parliament's lower house are being contested
  • 132 seats for regional representatives at the national level are also being contested
  • Parties or coalitions must win 20% of lower house or 25% of the vote to nominate a presidential candidate
More than 200,000 candidates from 12 parties were competing for 20,000 seats in national and regional legislatures.

Parties need 25 percent of the national vote or 20 percent of the seats in parliament to be able to field a candidate on their own. Otherwise a coalition must be formed with one or more parties.

If the results are confirmed, PDI-P will most likely need to partner with another group to allow its star candidate, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, to run in July's presidential election.

Widodo, known as "Jokowi," is popular for his reputation for transparency and his hands-on approach to governance.

Opinion polls showed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party was not expected to fair well after a string of high-level corruption scandals.

Official results will be announced by May 9. The presidential election is on July 9.

Wednesday's vote marks the fourth time for Indonesians to democratically elect their parliament since the collapse of former leader Suharto’s 32-year authoritarian rule.

More than 186 million people were eligible to cast ballots in the vote.
 
  • Members of the Muslim group An-Nadzir cast their ballots during voting in parliamentary elections at a polling station in Gowa, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, April 9, 2014.
  • A member of the An-Nadzir Muslim group shows his inked finger after casting his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Gowa, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, April 9, 2014.
  • A person places a hand on a list of candidates for members of parliament at a polling station during voting for parliamentary elections in Jakarta, April 9, 2014.
  • A young girl waits as her parents vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, April 9, 2014.
  • Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, front, casts his ballot next to his wife Iriana Joko Widodo at a polling station in Jakarta, April 9, 2014.
  • Armed police officers stand guard as election officials carry ballot boxes to be distributed to polling stations at a local government office in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, April 8, 2014. 
  • An election official arranges ballot boxes to be distributed to polling stations at a local government office in Jakarta, April 8, 2014.

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