Indonesia’s parliamentary elections successfully concluded at 1pm on April 9 after seven hours, according to the country’s General Elections Commission (KPU).

The KPU plans to release the preliminary results in the evening the same day and announce the final information on May 9.

According to the commission, there are about 187 million eligible voters who are expected to cast their vote at 545,778 poll stations across the country.

From more than 6,600 candidates, voters have selected 560 members for the People’s Representative Council (DPR) and 132 seats for the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR).

They have also elected more than 19,000 members for legislative councils at provincial and municipal levels.

According to a quick survey conducted by political parties and independent pollsters, the turnout rate was lower than the government target of 75 percent.

The legislative elections, the fourth in Indonesia since 1998, are important because they decide who can run in the presidential polls on July 9.-VNA