A Maltese song says, “Ħafna xogħol ma jgħoddx għalina…” and this is proof it’s true – hundreds dead and another 1,900 sick after endless hours of work. More than 270 scrutineers have died in Indonesia of fatigue-related illnesses after long hours of work and nearly 1,900 others have become ill. 

About 7 million people were involved in counting and monitoring the vote on April 17th, the first elections in which the Asian country of 260 million inhabitants joined the presidential vote with the parliamentary and regional one in order to save money. About 80% of the 193 million voters voted in over 800,000 seats. The victims would be mostly on-call personnel, who unlike public employees do not undergo a medical examination before starting work.

A brief Priyo Susanto, a spokesman for the Kpu, has specified that the deaths from overwork are 272 and the sick 1.878. The electoral commission of Indonesia plans to compensate families with 36 million rupees (about 2,500 dollars) for each deceased worker.

General election in Indonesia
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