One polling officer has died from fatigue while a number of others reportedly became ill during the 2019 election, from the preparations to after polling day on April 17, an official has said.
“There are many polling officers who got ill and one died a day before election day from exhaustion,” the commissioner of the Jakarta office of the General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta), Nurdin, said on Saturday as reported by kompas.com.
He said the deceased officer had been working at a polling station in West Jakarta.
The office received reports from polling stations on the conditions of their officers.
“There are officers who got sick in each municipality and were admitted to hospitals. There was more than one person in each area,” he said, adding that he did not know the exact number of officers who have fallen ill.
Nurdin said most of the cases were caused by fatigue. He said the workload during these elections, in which the presidential and legislative polling was conducted concurrently, was heavier and took more energy and time than previous elections.
In the 2019 simultaneous elections, voters cast ballots to choose candidates for president and members of the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representative Council (DPD) and regional legislative councils (DPRD).
“The extra workload more or less impacted the minds and strength of the officers. Besides that, the budgets for them were also the same as in the previous elections, although the work load was a lot more,” Nurdin added. (das)Artikel Asli