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Jakarta Post

Polls risk low turnout due to virus fears

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 30 2020   /  07:53 am

As the government stands firm in its decision to push back the 2020 simultaneous regional elections until the end of the year, critics are worried about a lower voter turnout should the COVID-19 epidemic in the country show no signs of easing.The regional polls are scheduled for Dec. 9 this year, as confirmed during a House of Representatives hearing session on Wednesday involving government officials and representatives from the General Elections Commission (KPU), the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP).This year’s simultaneous balloting, which seeks to elect 270 regional leaders comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors, was postponed from its initial schedule of Sept. 23 through a government regulation in lieu law issued earlier this month.But the decision to push back the date has raised concerns among observers who ...