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Voting begins in Indonesia presidential election

Official results are expected to be released between July 21 and 22.

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Voters Indonesia have begun casting ballots in a tightly-contested presidential election. The race has been described as one of the most bitterly fought since the country's transition to democracy in 1998.

Indonesia opened its polls on Wednesday morning to voters who will be choosing between two presidential candidates: Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto. The winner needs a simple majority, however results are expected to be close this year, with the Jakarta governor enjoying only a slight lead over his opponent.

Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. local time (2200 UTC Tuesday) in Indonesia's eastern-most time zone and were opened in the remaining two time zones in the hours that followed.

The last presidential elections in 2009 drew 71 percent of the island nation's registered voters. That number jumped to 75 percent for April's parliamentary elections.> DW

According to Indonesia's Electoral Commission, there are 190.3 million registered voters, nearly 30 percent of which are under the age of 30. Eleven percent of registered voters will be allowed to cast ballots for the first time on Wednesday.

Official results are expected to be released between July 21 and 22.

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