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Grueling Indonesia election's death toll hits 230 poll workers

Long hours of counting paper ballots push staff past brink of exhaustion

The number of ballots cast in Indonesia's elections last week is believed to have topped 600 million.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- The death toll among Indonesian polling station staff has reached 230 people, the government said Friday, with most succumbing to the long hours counting paper ballots cast in last week's presidential vote.

Another 1,671 poll workers have taken ill. Although election-day violence is not uncommon in the developing world, Indonesia presents a unique case in which a harsh climate and a high turnout created a deadly mix in an otherwise peaceful vote.

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