Ten days after Indonesia held the world’s biggest single-day elections, more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illneses caused by long hours of work counting millions of ballot papers by hand, an official said.
The April 17 elections were the first time the country of 260 million people combined the presidential vote with national and regional parliamentary ones, with an aim to cut costs.
Voting was largely peaceful and was estimated to have drawn 80 percent of the total 193 million voters, who each had to punch up to five ballot papers in over 800,000 polling stations.
But conducting the eight-hour vote in a country that stretches more than 5,000 km from its western to eastern tips proven to be both a Herculean logistical feat and deadly for officials, who had to count ballot papers by hand.
As of Saturday night, 272 election officials had died, mostly from overwork-related illnesses, while 1,878 others had fallen ill, said Arief Priyo Susanto, spokesman of the General Elections Commission.
overwork：名詞，過勞、過於繁重的工作。例句：She was exhausted from overwork.（她因工作過重而筋疲力竭。）
Herculean：形容詞，艱鉅的、費力的。例句：She made a Herculean effort to accomplish the task.（她付出極大努力，完成這項任務。）
feat：名詞，技藝、功績、壯舉。例如：feat of arms（軍功、戰功）。