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Jakarta Post

Perppu urgently needed to delay local elections

  • Arya Fernandes

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 7 2020   /  01:26 am

Following the rapid increase of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the General Elections Commission (KPU) decided on March 21 to delay four stages of the regional head elections, scheduled to take place simultaneously this year.

The delayed stages are the inauguration of voting committees; verification of support for independent candidates; establishment of neighborhood committees for final voter list committees at the neighborhood level and the finalizing of the voter list itself.

The local elections in 270 regions had been scheduled for Sept. 23 in nine provinces, 224 regencies and 37 municipalities. The President should immediately issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to delay the elections for regional heads; and the impacts to be anticipated following the delay of these elections.

As regulated in the 2016 law on the election of governors, regents and mayors, sim...