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Stunning pictures from Indonesia, where the world's biggest one-day election took place

Updated : April 18, 2019 10:12 AM IST

The Indonesian presidential election is the world's biggest direct vote for a national leader. Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago of 17,000 islands that spans the distance from New York to London, spared no effort to ensure its nearly 19.3 crore eligible voters from hundreds of ethnic groups could make their choices. Ballots were ferried to far-flung areas by helicopter, horse, boat and foot.

A woman shows a mock ballot for the senate during a polling simulation exercise held by the election commission in Jakarta, Indonesia.  (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
A woman shows a mock ballot for the senate during a polling simulation exercise held by the election commission in Jakarta, Indonesia.  (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
Police officers and soldiers escort electoral workers using horses to distribute ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia to polling stations in remote villages in Tempurejo, East Java, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Trisnadi, File)
Police officers and soldiers escort electoral workers using horses to distribute ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia to polling stations in remote villages in Tempurejo, East Java, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Trisnadi, File)
Workers transport ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia through a flooded neighbourhood due to heavy rain in Banding, West Java. (AP Photo)
Workers transport ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia through a flooded neighbourhood due to heavy rain in Banding, West Java. (AP Photo)
A Balinese groom casts his ballot at a polling station during election in Bali, Indonesia Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
A Balinese groom casts his ballot at a polling station during election in Bali, Indonesia Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Electoral workers in superhero costumes show presidential ballot during the election at a polling station in Surabaya, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Trisnadi))
Electoral workers in superhero costumes show presidential ballot during the election at a polling station in Surabaya, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Trisnadi))
Electoral workers in superhero costumes show an empty ballot box upon the opening of a polling station in Surabaya. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
Electoral workers in superhero costumes show an empty ballot box upon the opening of a polling station in Surabaya. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
People queue up to vote at a polling station inundated by flood waters following heavy rain in Banding, West Java. (AP Photo/Kusumadireza)
People queue up to vote at a polling station inundated by flood waters following heavy rain in Banding, West Java. (AP Photo/Kusumadireza)
People vote at a makeshift polling station amid ruins of buildings destroyed in last year's earthquake and liquefaction in Palu. (AP Photo/Yusuf Wahil)
People vote at a makeshift polling station amid ruins of buildings destroyed in last year's earthquake and liquefaction in Palu. (AP Photo/Yusuf Wahil)
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