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Indonesia kicks off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections

Indonesia:17/4/19: Indonesia kicks off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections today, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the nation.

More than 190 million Indonesians are set to cast a ballot. A record 245,000 candidates are running for public office in the world’s third-biggest democracy, from the presidency and parliamentary seats to local positions.

Opinion polls show Mr. Widodo is a clear favourite – but he faces a tough challenge from Mr. Subianto, who has leaned on a fiery nationalist ticket and warned he will challenge the results over voter-list irregularities if he loses.

The polls present a huge logistical challenge in a country stretching 4,800 kilometres across more than 17,000 islands with a population of more than 260 million, including hundreds of ethnic groups and languages. Official results are not expected until May.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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