Jakarta holds historic election for governor

Millions of voters went to the polling booths in Jakarta Wednesday in the first ever direct election for a governor, as businesses took a day off in the Indonesian capital.

Jakarta holds historic election for governor
Millions of voters went to the polling booths in Jakarta Wednesday in the first ever direct election for a governor, as businesses took a day off in the Indonesian capital.

There were over 11,200 polling stations in five municipalities across Jakarta with 5.7 million voters expected to cast their ballots.

They will choose either former national police deputy chief Adang Daradjatun or incumbent deputy governor Fauzi Bowo as the first free-elected Jakarta governor.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla predicted a 60 percent turnout of voters.

"In gubernatorial elections in other provinces, the turnouts average 60 percent," he told reporters after casting his ballot in Central Jakarta.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono did not cast ballot because he is registered as a resident of Bogor, West Java province.

Agencies
Last Mod: 08 Ağustos 2007, 16:24
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