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In the world's largest one-day election, polling stations opened across Indonesia on Wednesday after a six-month campaign to elect a new president and parliament

The 8-hour vote in the archipelago, stretching more than 5,000 kilometers from its western edge to its eastern edge, is a logistical epic and testimony to the steadfastness of democracy two decades after the defeat of the autocratic regime

The Indonesian presidential and legislative elections began after voting ended at 1:00 p.m. local time

President Goku Widodo, a former businessman who began his political career 14 years ago under the chairmanship of a small city mayor, is running in the hope of re-election as a rival to former general Prabowo Subianto
Which Goku Widodo won by a small margin in 2014

After an election campaign dominated by the economy, most opinion polls suggest Widodo is comfortably ahead but the opposition says competition is more intense, while Prabowo told a news conference late on Tuesday he expects to win 63 percent of the vote

More than 10,000 people volunteered to monitor the results of the elections announced at polling stations in an effort to thwart counterfeiting attempts

But the opposition has already claimed irregularities in voter lists that could affect millions and vowed to take legal action or use "people's power" if its concerns were ignored

About 350,000 police and military personnel joined 1.6 million security forces stationed across the country's 17,000 islands to secure the vote

More than 192 million voters cast their ballots in local and national legislative elections, in which more than 245,000 candidates are competing

Polling stations opened at 7:00 am local time (2200 GMT Tuesday) on the eastern side of the country and closed at 1 pm (0600 GMT) on the west side

The presidential candidate could be known by late on Wednesday. The election commission is expected to announce its official results in May

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