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Riau KPU sets campaign
periods, zones

The Riau General Election Commission (KPUD) has designated three campaign periods and zones for the Riau gubernatorial election.

Set to run from Sept. 5-18, each campaign period will last for four days, with each gubernatorial candidate being given specific campaign periods and zones.

Each candidate will deliver a speech on his gubernatorial vision and mission statement before the Riau provincial legislative council.

KPUD Riau has divided the province's 11 regencies and municipalities into three campaign zones.

Zone I consists of Pekanbaru municipality and Kampar, Rokan Hulu and Rokan Hilir regencies; Zone II comprises Dumai municipality and the regencies of Siak, Bengkalis and Pelalawan; while Zone III covers Indragiri Hulu, Indragiri Hilir and Kuantan Singingi regencies.

"The zoning is to provide different campaign venues for each candidate so we can coordinate access to the public better," the chairman of KPUD's campaign working group, Makmur Hendrik, said Monday.

The three pairs of candidates are Rusli Zainal and running mate Mambang Mit, supported by the Golkar Party, the United Development Party (PPP), the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the Star Reform Party (PKB); Thamsir Rachman and Taufan Andoso Yakin who are endorsed by the Democratic Party, the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Labor Party, the Nationhood Democratic Party (PDK), the Prosperous Peace Party (PDS) and 12 other parties; while Chaidir and Suryadi Chusaini are nominated by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), the Star Crescent Party (PBB) and the National Ulema Awakening Party (PKNU).

"All candidates are allowed to campaign anywhere they want on the last campaigning day," said Makmur.

"Candidates are allowed to campaign only from 8:00 a.m until 6:00 p.m," said Makmur. They are prohibited from campaigning out of the designated time."

Makmur also called on the Election Supervisory Committee to intensify its efforts because the campaign period would be held during the fasting month when candidates could possibly run closed campaigning activities on the pretext of gatherings to break the fast.

Makmur said that KPUD had postponed publishing data on the candidates' wealth scheduled for Monday because this was still being audited by the Corruption Eradication Commission.

Makmur said the KPUD could not give a precise time when it would publish this information.

"The postponement will not violate any regulations as the deadline for such an announcement is one day before the start of the campaign," he said.

"Riau people will eventually have access to information on the candidates' wealth," he concluded.

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