Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Indonesian President Joko Widodo have proven in the capital, Jakarta, for the final day of campaigning before Wednesday’s elections. )

Widodo, in a replica of this 2014 election, will be running against former military general, Prabowo Subianto, to get a second five-year term in office.

“For the young, the girls, and also the men, we’ll make sure that our lives are far better than today in five years’ time,” Widodo said at a rally on Saturday. 

Together with over 190 million qualified voters and 800,000 polling stations, Wednesday’s legislative and presidential elections are among the largest screens of democracy on earth.

This will be first time that the presidential vote is going to be held on exactly the identical day as elections for seats in the House of Representatives.

Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay, coverage against Widodo’s rally, said:”The enormous crowd here’s a good illustration of how big and complex the democratic process is in Indonesia.”

Subianto, who held his last rally Friday, was beaten in a close race at the elections five decades back.

He’s trailed in most pre-election surveys throughout his campaign, but has closed the gap in recent weeks.

“There are a few days before the election,” Subianto said. “Hopefully we can easily overtake another offender. Ladies and gentlemen, collectively we will realise a just and prosperous Indonesia.”

Both candidates have talked about joining a country which has becoming increasingly divided over ordinary and traditional religious lines.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


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