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Campaigns leave tons of sign waste

  • Vela Andapita, Made Anthony Iswara and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 15, 2019   /  09:31 am
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Public order officials take down a campaign banner promoting a legislative candidate in Menteng, Jakarta, on Sunday. All campaign materials across the country are being taken down during a cooling-off period that starts on Sunday.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

April 14 marked the end of the campaign period and the beginning of the cooling-off phase prior to voting day on April 17. As early as 12 a.m. on Sunday, state officials across the country started removing campaign signs from public places. Throughout Jakarta, piles of campaign signs, including flags, banners, posters and billboards of various sizes, were dumped in front of district and subdistrict offices. In Sawah Besar district, Central Jakarta, officers from the Public Order Agency, Public Facility Maintenance Agency and other state officials had by Sunday afternoon collected more than 6,000 campaign signs. Since Jakarta has 44 districts, 264,000 campaign signs could have been collected throughout the capital. The clean-up measures were conducted on Sunday from midnight until the afternoon. Amid a heap of campaign sign waste in front of the Sawah Besar district headquarters,...