Polling stations were set up throughout Indonesia to enable millions of voters to participate in the country's third general election.
GV PAN STREET POLLING STATION
SV MAN VOTING AT STREET POLLING STATION
SV VOTERS REGISTERING
SV WOMAN VOTING
SV PRESIDENT SUHARTO WALKING TOWARDS OPEN AIR POLLING STATION (2 SHOTS)
SV PRESIDENT SUHARTO VOTING
GV PAN VOTES BEING COUNTED AT POLLING STATION
SV ELECTION OFFICIALS CHECKING VOTING CARDS WATCHED BY CROWD (3 SHOTS)
SV ELECTION OFFICIAL PLACING VOTING COUNT ON BOARD IN STREET
SV PAN STREET POLLING STATION
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Background: Polling stations were set up throughout Indonesia to enable millions of voters to participate in the country's third general election.
It is only the third general election since Indonesia gained independence from Dutch rule more than thirty years ago.
President Suharto was one of the first members of the Indonesian government to vote in one of the thousands of open air polling stations. The President had earlier told his countrymen that voting was a noble duty.
It is the second time Indonesia has gone to the polls under the rule of President Suharto who became the nation's leader after crushing a communist coup attempt in 1965.
Voters showed their preference for one of the three main competing parties by placing a hole through a printed symbol on the voting card.
Political observers in Jakarta predicted that the ruling Golkar party would win the elections but without the landslide victories the government received in the 1971 general elections.