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Puzzles over 300 dead volunteers

Since the days messages to the Indonesian election Commission to attract attention to, according to which more than 300 volunteers during the Counting of the votes of exhaustion and died. It sounds bizarre, and many are wondering: Can be the work of a electoral assistant is actually so deadly?

Ahmad Shalahuddin Zulfa asks the this Wednesday, he counts himself to those duty-conscious Indonesians who have worked in polling stations for low wages. The man running in his spare time, like Marathon, his best time so far: three hours and 35 minutes. In this respect, he was physically well-equipped for his Job, during and after the election on may 17. April.

Figures show The Dimension of this election

You can reach the 42-Year-old on the phone. He doesn't know what to do with the message about the hundreds that died on election workers. "Well, Counting this Time was particularly exhausting," says Shalahuddin, Manager of an IT company. Because the state held this year, one day is equal to five votes at the same time: for President, as well as for national, regional and local parliaments and representatives. All the votes was counted by Hand and if there are any discrepancies checked again. In General, seven Volunteers worked plus two security forces per polling station.

Shalahuddin and his Team were trained, but people with less experience, have worked in the night after the election, up to 24 hours, for senior assistant the Stress. And yet, Shalahuddin to the question: "Is the number of deaths is actually exceptional, or it is in the range of the normal death rate?" After all, Indonesia is the fourth largest state in the world, 800'open 000 polling stations, about 5.7 million workers in the use.

number of dead under national average

Shalahuddin computer picks up the bag, he uses research reports, the result for Indonesia, a mortality rate of 5.3 deaths per 1000 residents per year. He expects the special Rate for the 336 reported dead, election helper, 5.6 million employees in the polling stations and in the period of 14 days since the vote, he notes that the number of the Dead is by no means above the average. On the contrary, it is significantly lower. The calculations disagree with the notion that hardships for volunteers life-threatening. Rather, it seems to be Vice versa: In everyday life, outside the polling stations to die, statistically, people are viewed, more frequently than when Counting a large stack of paper.

From Sumatra, it was reported that an election worker was killed when him a wild boar on the way to an attack. That was bad luck in the forest, but such are the risks, even if Indonesia keeps no mega choice. "336 the Dead, this sounds bombastic," says Shalahhudin. But the number is put in perspective when considering the Dimension of the choice and the mass of helpers. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 02.05.2019, 15:07 PM

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