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KPU, experts seek criminal sanctions for campaign health violations

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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 front of the General Elections Commission (KPU) headquarters in Jakarta on July 22. JP/Dhoni Setiawan (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Galih Gumelar
Jakarta   ●   Mon, September 21, 2020

Pressure is mounting for the government to revise the Regional Elections Law through a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to enforce strict health protocols during the upcoming simultaneous regional elections.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) and experts have said that candidates should be held criminally liable under the proposed Perppu if they violate health protocols at any stage of the electoral process.

“[Campaign events that attract crowds] should be forbidden with heavy punishments through the Perppu,” KPU commissioner Viryan Azis said on Saturday. “One of the possibilities is to increase the prohibition of campaigns that attract crowds, including during balloting and vote counting.”

The elections will decide 270 regional leaders, consisting of nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors. Candidates are currently permitt...

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