Exit polls indicate lead for the ruling Democrat Party in Indonesia's general elections.

The unofficial voting trend, based on sample survey from 2100 ballot stations, said the Democratic Party had more than 20 per cent of the vote ahead of Golkar and the main opposition Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Official results are confirmed only after a month.

Reports attributed the ruling party's better performance to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's fight against corruption, which resulted in a drop in food and fuel prices in the past six months.

Thirty-eight political parties have contested the elections held to national, provincial and district parliaments and the regional representatives council.

This was the third parliamentary election held in the world's fourth most populous country since the fall of the Suharto dictatorship in 1998.

Presidential elections in this southeastern Asian country are scheduled for July.

Five people were killed in the restive Papua region hours before the voting started in a series of attacks blamed on separatist rebels.

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