Nearly 300 Ballot Counters Have Died Of Exhaustion Following The World’s Biggest Election

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Nearly 300 people have died following the world’s biggest-ever election, which took place this month in Indonesia—not through protests or civil unrest, but exhaustion.

According to Indonesian officials, 272 election staff have collapsed from fatigue-related illness in the 10 days following the country’s April 17 vote. An additional 1,878 were ill, according to a General Elections Commission (KPU) spokesperson. They are manually counting the country’s paper ballots, and with a population of 270 million people, that’s a task to make anyone feel weary.

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world. It’s estimated that 80% of the country’s 192 million eligible citizens voted, meaning 150 million people turned up to the polls. Multiply that by the five ballot papers each person had the option to punch out, and that’s up to 750 million ballots that need to be counted—by hand.


Read more at Quartz.




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