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Government under pressure to delay regional polls as health risks heighten

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, September 13, 2020   /  04:14 pm
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An election official helps a voter with a disability take part in a simulation of the 2020 simultaneous regional elections in the front yard of the General Elections Commission on July 22.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The government is under pressure to put the 2020 simultaneous regional elections on hold as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia continues to surge. The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and experts have said that the government’s insistence of holding the elections on schedule will put election organizers, voters and candidates at risk of contracting the deadly disease. The elections are slated to be held on Dec. 9 to elect 270 leaders comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors across the archipelago, and candidates can host public campaign events from Sept. 26 to Dec. 5. But as of Saturday, three months ahead of voting day, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 214,746. On Thursday, daily new cases hit a record high with 3,861. Of the total 309 regencies and cities holding elections, including 39 regencies and ...