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Jakarta Post

Crowd ban sufficient to ensure safety of December polls: KPU

  • Galih Gumelar and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 24, 2020   /  08:50 pm
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Right to vote, right to health: During a dry run of the Dec. 9 regional elections at the General Elections Commission (KPU) compound in Central Jakarta on July 22, an official presents the ballots. Health protocol will be enforced during the elections to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has completely banned candidates running in the December regional elections from holding rallies or other crowd-pulling events, such as concerts, bazaars and art performances, as the campaign season draws near. The prohibition is laid out in the latest regulation the KPU issued on Wednesday to revise a previous regulation that allowed rallies and concerts, which might have become sources of coronavirus transmission. The new policy allows only online events on social media and video conferencing platforms during the campaign period, which begins on Saturday and lasts until a few days before voting day. The new regulation also tightens social-distancing rules and health measures, which will apply throughout the campaign season and until the election on Dec. 9 to determine 270 regional leaders, including nine governors. Candidates and membe...