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Jakarta Post

Indonesian regions report lack of funds to hold 2020 local polls

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24, 2020   /  10:11 am
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A man dips his finger in indelible ink in East Denpasar, Bali, after voting in the Bali gubernatorial election in June 2018. The government and the country’s biggest political parties have signaled their intention to abolish direct public participation in electing local leaders.(JP/Anggara Mahendra)

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has raised concerns over regional administrations’ capability to provide funds for the 2020 concurrent regional elections after six regencies reported that they would not be able to provide the amount targeted for the polls.   The regions were initially committed to allocating a total of Rp 11.95 trillion (US$876.4 million) to fund their elections this year, but later said they could only spend Rp 9.93 trillion or less. The KPU has also found that the regional administrations have only disbursed Rp 444.05 million, or 4.47 percent of the budget until Jan. 10. “We have found that many local administrations, which are required to fund their regional elections, have revised their election budgets, which raises concerns over their ability to fund an election,” said KPU chief Arief Budiman. The 2020 regional elect...