Today was an important day for Indonesians – legistlative election day! So it was a public holiday here in Jakarta and there was lots of talk about who to vote for going on in the morning. I find the whole process of voting here in Indonesia completely confusing! For starters there are over 200 million people in the country who can vote, and although voting is not compulsory, the sheer amount of people means that it takes over a month to collaborate and count these votes. Hundreds of thousands of people get elected in positions throughout the country and just the amount of candidates on the wall at the voting station today was huge! The presidential elections will be held in July and it will mark the end of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second term, meaning Indonesians will be choosing a new leader for the first time in 10 years.
Samudra and I followed Putra down the narrow alleyways near home to the voting station which was set up right infront of a dumpsite behind the kampungs. It was incredibly hot as we waited for Putra’s name to be called to vote so Samudra made some new friends in the waiting area before voting was finished, Putra’s finger was inked and we headed back home again.
I don’t know where the rest of the day went, just playing with Samudra, catching up on emails and being productive again before we headed down to Cali Deli and a 5 minute look in Ace Hardware before heading home again for cuddles with my beautiful little boy.
I hope you had a beautiful day too wherever in the world you are.