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How Indonesia’s future is in the hands of young voters, in 5 charts


More than 200 million voters are expected to head to the polls Wednesday to choose Indonesia’s next leader. The world’s third-largest democracy and fourth-largest population — home to more than 275 million people — will elect a new president and vice president from three pairs of contenders. With a majority of the electorate under 40 years of age, the candidates are all vying for young voters to claim victory.

As Election Day nears, CNN analyzed the electorate makeup and what could be driving the voting decisions of young Indonesians, including jobs, climate change and pollution as well as high phone and social media usage.

How much of Indonesia’s young population will turn out?

Generation Z and Millennials — the generations making up those under 40 — represent about 56% of the total eligible voting population, according to the Indonesian General Elections Commission.

Seventy-five percent of Indonesia’s population — about 205 million people — is expected to vote Wednesday, according to the election commission, with 106 million of those expected voters under age 40 — or 52% of anticipated voters.

Indonesia holds presidential elections every five years. Since incumbent President Joko Widodo is term-limited, 2024 will mark the first new leader in 10 years. Voter turnout during the 2019 election was 82% of the total electorate — the lowest abstention rate since the country started holding presidential elections in 2004.

All three candidates in this election are over the age of 50. Ganjar Pranowo, the former governor of Central Java and the ruling party’s nominee, is 55, and Anies Baswedan, former governor of Jakarta, is 54. Both have selected vice presidential candidates who are their contemporaries in age, even