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Jakarta Post

More than 1,000 health protocol violations recorded halfway through December polls

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 13, 2020   /  03:08 pm
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Medical workers carry a voter during a simulation of regional elections in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Sept. 14, 2020. The simulation was held as part of preparations for the 2020 simultaneous regional elections set to take place in 270 regions across Indonesia on Dec. 9. (Antara/Budi Candra Setya)

With only a month left for candidates to campaign for the 2020 simultaneous regional elections, the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has recorded more than 1,000 health protocol violations as candidates hosted face-to-face campaign events during the first month of campaigning. The agency found a total of 1,315 violations involving an undisclosed number of candidates or supporters during in-person campaign events from Sept. 26 to Nov. 4. Violations included ignoring social distancing rules and the gathering of more than 50 attendees in one campaign venue -- all were in violation of a General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation. “The data shows that candidates still preferred in-person campaign events. And throughout the past 40 days of campaigning, several of them, along with their supporters, seemed to forget that they’re also in the middle of the COVID-19 ...