Counting votes by hand claims lives of over 270 election workers in Indonesia

The Hush Post | 9:26 pm | One-minute read |

More than 270 workers deployed in elections have died in Indonesia allegedly due to working overtime. Majority of the employees have died due to fatigue-related illness caused by long hours of work.

The ballot papers are being counted by hand ten days after Indonesia held the world’s biggest single-day elections.

Around 7 million workers were deployed as almost 245,000 candidates vied for about 20,000 posts, according to the General Elections Commission.

Election Commission said that 1878 workers have taken ill due to exhaustion.  As of Saturday night, 272 election officials had died, mostly from overwork-related illnesses.

The General Election Commission has come under fire due to the rising death toll.

Indonesia has a population of 260 million people. This was the first time that the voting was held together for the national and regional parliamentary elections. The combined voting was aimed at cost cutting.

80 per cent polling was registered in the elections that were held on April 17. Around 8 lakh polling booths were established in the country that stretches more than 5,000km from its western to eastern tips

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has issued circular urging health officials to give utmost care for sick election staff.

At the same time the Finance Ministry is working on compensation for families of the dead.

The counting of votes is expected to be over by May 22 and subsequently the names of the winners will be announced.

Leave a Reply