Indonesia begins presidential election amid rain

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian voters in Jakarta braved heavy rain on Wednesday, Feb. 14, as the nation began its presidential and general elections.

In a south Jakarta polling station, voters expressed hope that the new president would fulfill political promises and govern fairly and honestly, following a period of heavy rain.

The election will determine the successor to President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, who is completing his second and final term. Key candidates include Ganjar Pranowo of the largest party and independent Anies Baswedan, both former governors in their 50s, along with 72-year-old Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is making his third presidential bid.

Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, is conducting what is often considered the most complex single-day election globally. Of its 270 million population, over 200 million are eligible to vote.