As of Saturday night, 272 election officers were dead and another 1,878 were sick after helping to administer the world’s biggest single-day elections on April 17, CNN Indonesia reported.
CNN has not been able to independently verify the claims made by the election official.
For the first time, Indonesia held its presidential and legislative elections on the same day, with around 192.8 million people across the archipelago’s 17,000 islands eligible to vote in more than 800,000 polling stations.
According to CNN Indonesia’s report, General Elections Commission chief Arief Budiman acknowledged the officers had been overworked. He said that was partly due to the tight timeline to deliver the election results, and the decision to hold the presidential and legislative elections simultaneously.
CNN has made attempts to contact KPU and has reached out to Indonesia’s government for comment.
“If the victims continue to fall, there is something fundamentally very wrong,” he said, according to CNN Indonesia.
Early “quick counts” of the ballots put Jokowi around 55% of the vote, with Prabowo winning around 44%. “Quick counts” are conducted by a variety of credible polling agencies and have proved reliable in the past. Final official results will be announced by May 22.