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Elections agency records still more health violations

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, November 22, 2020   /  03:51 pm
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An official displays mock ballots during a regional elections simulation held at the General Elections Commission compound in Central Jakarta on July 22.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

As the 2020 regional elections draw near, the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has recorded 398 health protocol violations at in-person campaign events between Nov. 5 and Nov. 15, making for a total of 1,448 violations since the beginning of the campaign season. The violations, which included failures to follow social distancing and mask-wearing rules and gatherings of more than 50 people, were in violation of a General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation that seeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. From the start of the campaign season on Sept. 26 to Nov. 15, Bawaslu shut down 158 in-person campaign events because candidates or campaign teams continued to violate health protocols after the agency had issued warnings. “We dispersed those events with the help of public order agencies [Satpol PP] and the police. There were also moments when campaign organizers thems...