More than 270 electoral assistants in Indonesia have died, mainly from fatigue-related illnesses that have been caused by hours of work and have counted millions of ballots by hand, an official says.
Arief Priyo Susanto, spokesman for the Electoral Commission (KPU), 1
Around seven million people helped to count and monitor the vote on 17 April.
Employees were expected to work the night under severe conditions, causing many a heavy burden.
In the elections, the country combined with 260 million people for the first time the presidential election with national and regional parliamentary elections. to save money.
Around 80% of the 193 million voters have voted in more than 800,000 polling stations.
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But the huge numbers have apparently taken their toll on the temporary electoral staff, which, unlike civil servants, did not start work undergoes a medical examination.
The KPU spokesman said 272 election workers died from overworked illnesses.
The Indonesian Electoral Commission plans to compensate the surviving families with 36 million rupiah (£ 1,930) for each deceased worker's minimum wage, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.
Critics say the government is not smart because it brought the elections together and put unrealistic expectations on temporary workers.
Both President Joko Widodo and the presidential candidate for the opposition, Prabowo Subianto, declared the victory, although Widodo won the election by 9-10 percentage points after quick successes.
The KPU will end the polling and announce the winners of the President and the winners will be general elections on May 22nd.