Muslim women show their ink-stained fingers after voting during the run-off election in Jakarta, Indonesia. Residents of the Indonesian capital are electing a governor after a polarising campaign that undermined the country's reputation for practising a tolerant form of Islam. Photo: AP

Will Islam swing nail-biter election for Jakarta’s governor?

With a huge voter turnout, most polls show a tossup race between the Chinese-Christian incumbent and his Muslim-backed opponent

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Muslim women show their ink-stained fingers after voting during the run-off election in Jakarta, Indonesia. Residents of the Indonesian capital are electing a governor after a polarising campaign that undermined the country's reputation for practising a tolerant form of Islam. Photo: AP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.